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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FRUIT TREE PLANTING

The weather from now through June is ideal for planting citrus, avocados, and other tender trees such as kiwis, kumquats, and pomegranates. In frost-free areas, also try cherimoya, guava, mango, and passion fruit. For containers, be sure to choose...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

PERENNIALS: DROUGHT-RESISTANT, AND WATER-LOVERS Perennials with great tolerance for drought include achillea, anaphalis, artemisia,...

Clever Gardening Technique

SEPARATING SEEDLINGS An old fork or spoon will separate and lift seedlings gently from flats, and the handle (or...
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Regional Reminders

  • HANDLING SEEDLINGS
  • PLUCK STRAWBERRY BLOSSOMS
  • HARVESTING ASPARAGUS
  • PRUNING FUCHSIAS
  • FEED EVERYTHING

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