Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Exercise in a Garden Gym

National News

Gardeners naturally spend lots of time outdoors. But just because they’re outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean they’re getting the right kind of exercise. A group in England is trying to change that....

A Simpler Way to Make New Plants

Air layering is a gardening propagation technique where new roots are encouraged to grow on a stem or branch of an herbaceous or woody plant in order to create a new plant. It’s a convenient way...

Barriers for Root Weevils

Root weevils are destructive pests of many plants including strawberries, raspberries, rhododendrons, euonymus, and azaleas. The young larvae feed on the roots, while the black, snouted, weevil...

New Purple Poppies

Oriental poppies are one of the darlings of the perennial garden. Their large, showy flowers herald the beginning of the summer flower season. An outstanding new variety is causing a stir in...

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In the Garden


Hot Weather Watering and Fertilizing

Watering and fertilizing patterns you begin now will help or hinder your plants' abilities to thrive -- not just survive -- during the extended heat of summer. When germinating seeds, water the beds or flats several times a day...
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Tool or Gardening Product

Trellises Trellises provide support for greater fruit production per square foot of soil. More leaf area...

Clever Gardening Technique

Netting, Rags, and Old Nylons Support heavy squash and melons growing up trellises with netting or with rags or old nylons. If...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Blocks of Corn
  • Use Legume Inoculant
  • Leave Roots of Pea Vines
  • Thin Fruits
  • Tending Spring-Blooming Bulbs

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