Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Protection for Spring Bulbs

National News

Fall is right around the corner, and for gardeners that means planting spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses. Unfortunately, mice and voles love to munch these newly...

Mist n' Pour Sprayer

Once the weather starts cooling and drying out, misting plants is a good way to raise humidity levels and keep indoor plants healthy. Misting also can help prevent infestations of insects such as...

Award-Winning Lavender

For the past 35 years, the Dutch-based horticultural organization, Fleuroselect, has been testing and promoting new flower varieties around the world. Each year they trial new varieties in 30 test...

Worm Compost Suppresses Insect Attacks

It’s been widely known that mixing worm compost or "vermicompost" into soils growing flower and vegetables will reduce plant diseases and add significantly more nutrients to the soil than regular...

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In the Garden

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Tea Garden

I attended a dinner party at my friend Jean's house on Saturday, and after dinner she offered coffee to her guests. Not wanting the sleepless night that coffee brings to me, but remembering that she had a lovely patch of peppermint in her front yard, I...
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Resources

Books

Poisonous Plants The reason Poisonous Plants of Eastern North America by Randy G. Westbrooks and James W....

Clever Gardening Technique

Cactus Collar To transplant a prickly potted cactus, make a collar of folded newspaper to support the plant...
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Regional Reminders

  • Change the Watering Routine
  • Plant Cool-Season Annuals
  • Plant Citrus
  • Root Herb Cuttings
  • Pick Up Fallen Fruit

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