Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Improved Shrub

National News

The Texas Superstar Plant Program at Texas A & M University takes well-known plants and develops unique selections with new characteristics. In 2005 breeders improved upon a common landscape shrub...

New Corn Earworm Control

Corn earworm is a big problem for gardeners across the country. An old-fashioned yet effective organic control is to apply a several drops of mineral oil on the corn silks (where the adult moths...

Clay Controls Weeds

Over the past decade, kaolin clay was introduced as a disease and insect control for various crops (see "High Tech Dust Foils Pests" ). Now, new research from the USDA suggests that this clay...

No-Mow Grass

It's midsummer and many gardeners are getting tired of mowing the lawn. There's no getting around mowing a manicured Bermuda grass or Kentucky bluegrass lawn, but if you have an orchard, vacation...

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In the Garden


Problems With Tomato Blossoms and Fruit

When something goes wrong with our tomato plants, we feel threatened; we're in danger of losing the very payoff we're gardening for! In my June 23 column, I dealt with general growth problems. In this column I'll tackle problems with blossoms and...
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Tool or Gardening Product

"Leaky Pipe" Soaker Hoses I've bought just about every kind of irrigation tool, and ultimately depend on my soaker hoses...

Clever Gardening Technique

Making a Rack to Dry Fruits and Veggies Dry cut fruit and vegetables outdoors with a "sandwich" rack and cheesecloth. Use two...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pamper New Seeds and Transplants
  • Feed Fruiting and Blooming Plants
  • Pick, Pick, Pick
  • Freeze Produce
  • Tend Roses

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