Southern 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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Transplant Perennial Veggies

It may still be winter, but it's prime time for starting new plantings of asparagus, rhubarb, and artichokes. Asparagus will grow and produce satisfactorily in partially shaded areas, such as next to a fence or building, especially if the plants receive...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Edible Landscape Trees What could be better than beautiful trees that also produce food? Now through early March is a...

Clever Gardening Technique

Softening Hands While You Work Give your hands a moisturizing treatment as you garden by lavishly spreading them with hand...
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Regional Reminders

  • Spray Dormant Oil
  • Start Veggies
  • Fertilize Landscape Plants
  • Rev Up the Lawn Mower
  • Catch Weeds While They're Small

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