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

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PREPARING GARDEN SOIL

Raised beds with lots of organic matter dug in provide "growing-only, no-walking" areas that encourage extensive healthy root growth and allow more thorough drainage. Here%s how to get some started. After clipping and digging in green manure...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

SWEET POTATOES Sweet potato sets can be started indoors now for planting outside in May. Place small-to-medium...

Clever Gardening Technique

GARDEN CARRYALL Use a shallow, compartmented plastic basket with a handle as a garden carryall for seed...
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Regional Reminders

  • DON%T SOAK SEEDS
  • PLANNING YOUR GARDEN
  • FINGER-FLICKING ROSE SHOOTS
  • FERTILIZE LESS, MOW LESS
  • SCENTED GERANIUMS

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