Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Red-Stemmed Willow Adds Beauty to the Winter Garden

National News

It's often difficult to find color in the winter garden, especially in northern climates. One of the best ways to introduce color during this dark season is to grow trees and shrubs with brightly...

Calcium Fertilizer Helps Trees Survive Winter

With winter around the corner, many gardeners will be preparing their landscape plants for the coming cold temperatures. With an estimated 1 million urban trees worldwide dying each year from...

Practical Science for Gardeners

Fall and winter are great times of year to "bone up" on your garden reading. In addition to the books on designing your garden and growing specialty plants, pick up this new book by English author...

Appreciation for Nature Begins in Childhood

Many gardeners can trace their love of plants and nature back to childhood memories of gardening with relatives or friends. New research from Washington State University confirms what many...

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In the Garden


Time for Serious Fall Gardening

Finally we feel it's really fall. No more days so hot we want to escape inside. Now the weather's comfortably cool, great for working up a sweat but not feeling overdone with the effort -- unless we spend the whole day in the garden because the...
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Favorite or New Plant

Go for Garlic Garlic planted now will develop a strong root system over the winter, and leaf production can...

Clever Gardening Technique

Turn Tires into Raised Beds Old tires can be put to a variety of uses besides as tree swings. Single ones filled with soil...
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Regional Reminders

  • Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
  • Turning Herbs into Fragrant Gifts
  • Water Grapes and Trees Deeply
  • Divide Perennials
  • Plant Flowers to Accompany Bulbs

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