Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New “Chocolate” Mimosa

National News

Foliage the color of chocolate is all the rage in the gardening world. From annuals and perennials to trees and shrubs, it seems like many plants have a selection that features dark burgundy or...

Growing Tropical Houseplants

Winter can be a rough time for gardeners. The lack of greenery and flowers drives many gardeners to try growing tropical houseplants as a way to assuage their desire for summer. Unfortunately, a...

Fiber May Not Protect Against Cancer

For years the medical establishment has recommended eating a high-fiber diet to make us healthier and help prevent cancer — especially colon cancer. New research from the Harvard School for Public...

New Award-Winning Vegetables

Ahh, it’s January -- time to leaf through the latest seed catalogs looking for the best new varieties. One way to decide what to grow this spring is to trust the professionals. For more than 70...

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In the Garden


Tools for the Garden Shed

"All my hurts My garden Spade can heal." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) There is a saying among cooks: "Your hands are the best tools that God gave you." That saying holds true in the garden as well, but we all depend on a few other basic tools...
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Shows & Events

Introduction to Horticultural Therapy Practicing horticultural therapist Karen Talbot will present an overview of this fascinating and...

Clever Gardening Technique

Cooking Oil Spray Keep a can of cooking oil spray in your garden shed. After you have finished working for the day...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Spring Annuals From Seed
  • Force Bulbs Indoors
  • Water Under Eaves
  • Top-Dress Perennials
  • Prune Fruit Trees

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