Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Ornamental Elderberry

National News

For those who love the look of the Japanese maple but have a hard time getting one to grow in their climate, the new 'Black Lace' elderberry ( Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace') is a good substitute....

Bug Blaster

While a well-known insect control technique involves spraying strong blasts of water on plants to knock off insects, most traditional water nozzles just aren't very effective at providing complete...

CDC Recommends New Mosquito Controls

It's summertime and mosquito season is upon us. Gardeners are always looking for ways to minimize exposure to insects, not just because they are a nuisance but also to protect against diseases...

Seeds of Kokopelli

If you're interested in saving seeds of your favorite heirloom vegetables but don't know how, here's a great resource that can help. The Seeds of Kokopelli , by Dominique Guillet (Les Presses de...

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In the Garden



I came home from a recent "Henry's Garden" shoot at the Flower Market with a bouquet of 'Sumatra' lilies. They were tight buds when they were presented to me and remained that way for several days. The last time I brought home lilies they were...
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Shows & Events

Plants To Eat and Not To Eat Did you know that roses and begonias are edible but daffodils are deadly? No? Well then, you had...

Clever Gardening Technique

Glove Care To clean your garden gloves after working in muddy soil, simply wash your hands with your gloves...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Summer-Blooming Bulbs
  • Fertilize Summer Vegetables
  • Provide Nesting Material
  • Grouping Plants for Vacation
  • Caring for Containers

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