Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Poison Ivy Gets Pumped Up

National News

One of the scourges of summer is dermatitis from contact with poison ivy. The leaves, branches, and roots of this perennial vining weed contain an oil ( urushiol ) that, once it penetrates your...

The First True Red Hydrangea

One visit to your local garden center and it’s clear that mophead hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) are very popular. While pink or blue flowers have been the most popular colors, plant...

Veggies Help Prevent Clogged Arteries

It’s common knowledge that eating vegetables is good for us, and a recent study helps us understand at least one reason why. In laboratory tests on rodents, researchers at Wake Forest University...

Add Water-Absorbing Gel After Planting

Water-absorbing crystals are often used to keep containers, hanging baskets, and pots moist during dry summer weather. The traditional way to apply the crystals is to mix them into the potting...

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In the Garden


A Month of Opposites

In July, summer's heat is upon us, and we're harvesting crops; but fall's cool weather is around the corner, and now's the time to begin planning the cool-weather garden. Besides, it's comforting to look forward to some coolness by starting the seeds...
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Shows & Events

Tomato Tasting Tomato grower Steve Goto will provide more than 80 varieties at Rogers' Gardens' 5th Annual...

Clever Gardening Technique

Birds Love Sunflowers and Insects Encourage birds into your garden to eat the harmful insects by providing whole sunflower seed...
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Regional Reminders

  • Treating Brown Rot on Peaches
  • Protect Grapes
  • Aid Ripening Melons
  • Prune Roses Weekly
  • Mow for Healthy Grass

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