Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New ‘Black Pearl’ Tomato

National News

Over the last 20 years there has been a color revolution in the tomato world. What was traditionally a round, red fruit now comes in a variety of shapes, such as oval, wrinkled, and pointed; and...

Dispelling Garden Remedy Myths

We’ve all heard, and probably tried, a few home remedies in our gardens with the hope that the spray or powder from the kitchen cabinet could provide a safe and effective way to kill pests....

New Dwarf Angel’s Trumpet

Angel’s trumpet ( Brugmansia ) is a tropical tree that produces large, fragrant, pendulous flowers in summer. They have become especially popular for planting in containers on decks and patios....

Glow-in-the-Dark Roses

What will they think of next? In an ever-expanding desire to reach a broader market for their products, a Dutch flower company has created the first “glow-in-the-dark” cut flowers. Freshly...

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In the Garden


A New Year, A New Garden!

February in southern California means starting a new garden, and we can now get into high gear choosing seed varieties to sow and searching for the earliest tomato seedlings to plant. But remember to finish pruning dormant fruit trees and perennials,...
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Shows & Events

Camellia Heaven Descanso Gardens, the mother of all camellia forests, will host a Camellia Festival on February...

Clever Gardening Technique

Towers of 'Tatoes Reuse old tires by placing them around potato plants covered to their tips with compost. As the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Potatoes
  • Choose Carrot Varieties to Match Your Soil Type
  • Plant the Last of Bare-Root Plants
  • Force Blooming Branches
  • Practice Good Mowing Techniques

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