Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Toast to Your Health With a Glass of Pomegranate Juice

National News

This tropical fruit, which offers up brilliant red edible seeds, is showing up in finer restaurants as a special blend in cocktails. But pomegranates ( Punica granatum ) are not just trendy,...

Butterfly Bushes For Small Gardens

Butterfly bushes are well-known late summer- and fall-blooming perennials. There are a number of selections of these butterfly-attracting shrubs with different-colored flowers. However, the plants...

Organic Mulch Boosts Tomato Production

Heirloom tomato varieties continue to be popular among home gardeners. To get the highest production from tomatoes, some growers have been advocating the use of plastic mulch. New research in Ohio...

Add Beneficial Fungi When Planting

Many gardeners, especially those in warm areas, are still planting bulbs, trees, and shrubs, and adding soil amendments such as compost and fertilizer when planting. But the most critical additive...

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In the Garden


Christmas for the Birds

The holidays are a special time. Sharing gifts with family and friends, decorating our homes for the season, and eating more than is necessary are timely tonics for getting us through the dark days of winter. You can share the bounty of the season...
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Shows & Events

The Sanctuary Garden Lawrence Lee, owner of Plantopia Nursery in Danville, will give a lecture (including slides) on...


Organic Gardening How to grow a healthy, problem-free garden without using chemicals is the subject of the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Repot Palms
  • Stop Deadheading Roses
  • Keep Bird Feeders Filled
  • Plant Refrigerated Bulbs
  • Stop Watering Indoor Cactus

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