Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

An Apple a Day Helps Memory

National News

The old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" can now be amended to include keeping your memory sharp as you age. Research at the University of Massachusetts Lowell suggests that drinking 2...

New Colorful, Heat-Tolerant Plants

The heat is on this summer, and many gardeners are wondering which flower varieties will perform the best during these hot, sultry days. To help gardeners decide, researchers at the University of...

A More Efficient Way To Water

Many gardeners keep their lawns looking green and lush by putting their sprinkler irrigation systems on a timer to automatically provide adequate water for their grass. While automatic systems are...

Unique Hanging Planters

It’s not too late to plant container gardens, especially if you’re growing in hanging containers such as the handy Plug & Grow bags. Designed to hang from a ceiling, deck, or porch, each...

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In the Garden


Cultivating Gardeners

To me, gardening is as compelling as breathing. My husband thinks gardening is sadistic torture, a sad residue from his youth when he had to mow the 1/3-acre lawn with a manual push mower. Why do parents do this to kids? He takes no joy whatsoever in...
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Blithe Tomato The Blithe Tomato , by Mike Madison (Heyday Books, 2006; $15), is a behind-the-scenes look at...

Clever Gardening Technique

Soak Potted Plants Soak potted plants in a bucket rather than watering overhead with a hose. Indoor plants, in...
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Regional Reminders

  • Control Budworms
  • Fertilize Tuberous Begonias
  • Patrol for Tomato Hornworms
  • Pinch and Fertilize Fuchsias
  • Prune and Shape Rhododendrons

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