Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Fragrant Coneflowers

National News

Coneflowers are well loved as wildflowers, perennial garden flowers, and medicinal herbs. Now you can add "fragrant cut flowers" to their list of assets. Echinacea 'Sunrise' and Echinacea...

Exciting New Annual Flowers

While we all love to come upon a totally new plant we've never seen before, new variations on old favorites -- such as these six new flower introductions -- can be just as tempting. 'Magellan...

New Tomato Varieties for 2005

Tomato is the king of the vegetable garden. There are hundreds of varieties available, and no matter how many you grow, there's always the temptation to try one more. Here are some of the latest...

Earthworm Castings Repel Insects

It's widely known that earthworm castings (droppings) are a great fertilizer (especially for container plants) and can suppress soil diseases. Now, research from Germany has found that not only do...

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In the Garden

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Let the Pruning Begin!

Dormant season pruning is my very favorite! The fact that I tend to cut hard during the growing season, even on evergreen shrubs, means that my mistakes are much more evident. However, when I prune deciduous plants in winter, I'm left with an...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Pacific Orchid Exposition This year's Pacific Orchid Exposition in Fort Mason on February 17 to 20 will sparkle with...

Web Finds

Bulbs for Indoor Forcing Have you ever wanted to try forcing bulbs indoors? EasyToGrowBulbs.com is a great Web site that...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Hydrangeas
  • Walk Lightly
  • Watch for Frost
  • Empty Plant Saucers
  • Protect Cymbidiums

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