Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Orchids for Dummies

National News

Orchids are one of the hottest plants in the United States. They are second only to poinsettias as the most popular potted plant, and they are becoming more widely available. You can find orchids...

Colorful Asparagus Beans

Asparagus beans are the oriental version of our popular pole bean. They love warm weather, growing vigorously and producing an abundance of long, thin, crunchy beans with small seeds. They are...

Eat My Car

Toyota Motor Corporation is developing new plastic products made from natural materials to be used in building their cars. Bioplastics are biodegradable, their production doesn’t increase the...

Best Lamium for Shade

The Chicago Botanic Garden has evaluated 21 different dead nettles ( Lamium ) over the past six years to determine the best varieties in their USDA zone 5 climate. Lamium is a colorful shade or...

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In the Garden


Rain, Rain, Go Away

I never thought I'd say that! But we've had enough for one year. With more than three times our average amount of rain, our soil is wonderfully saturated far down below the root zones of even our largest trees. When the weather's warm enough for...
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Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Potato Shoots Sweet potato was a favorite childhood plant, with its pretty foliage growing from a potato...

Clever Gardening Technique

Deep-Watering Containers To make deep-watering containers, bury liter soda bottles with their bottoms cut off, gallon or...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plan for Lettuce Bouquets
  • Allow Asparagus Stalks To Thicken Up
  • Feeding Fruit Trees
  • Plant Flower Cuttings
  • Give Daffodils and Iris Their Own Vases

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