Southern 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


Fragrant Roses

As I prune my established roses and consider which new varieties to include, I always think first of fragrance. When I first planted my new rose garden at our Davis home, I chose only by color. Then, when they came into bloom, I was disappointed --...
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Favorite or New Plant

Keep That Gift Amaryllis It really hurts for me to see bloomed-out amaryllis in someone's greenwaste bin. With just a bit...

Tool or Gardening Product

Rubbing Alcohol for Pruning An excellent, inexpensive, and easy-to-use disinfectant for pruning tools is rubbing (isopropyl)...
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Regional Reminders

  • Rooting New Berry Canes
  • Spray Dormant Oil and Fungicide
  • Sow and Transplant Veggies
  • Start Flower Seeds
  • Feed Your Soil

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