Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Best Salvias For Hot Summers

National News

Salvias are one of the most commonly grown bedding plants across the country. They grow and flower quickly, producing spikes of red, white, pink, blue, and purple flowers all summer long. However,...

Plastic Mulch Repels Pests

Tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, and cucumbers are popular summer garden vegetables. However, they also are subject to many insects and diseases. Gardeners have used colored plastic mulch to...

Organic Fire Ant Control

Fire ants are a major pest in lawns and gardens across much of the country. Now there is an effective organic control that will help eliminate these harmful pests that's safer for the environment...

Kudzu Reduces Alcohol Consumption

The "vine that ate the South" may have a positive side after all. Researchers at the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, investigated kudzu as a treatment to curb excessive drinking....

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In the Garden


Gardening Sustainably

If weeds and pests seem to be the things you can count on the most in your garden, it may help to consider some ways to combat them this year and assure they won't return with so much vigor in following seasons. To "sustain" your garden in a positive...
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Shows & Events

California Native Plant Sale Here's the "mother" of summer California native plant sales by the "father" of their popularity....

Clever Gardening Technique

Vining Rack Make a raised rack as a horizontal trellis for vining crops. Fasten chicken wire to a frame a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Veggies
  • Plant Last Batch of Corn
  • Learn the Needs of Different Herbs
  • Water Citrus and Avocado
  • Pinching for More Flowers

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