Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Unusual Variegated Spurge

National News

Variegated plants are hot, but sometimes they can be finicky to grow. The new variegated-leaved spurge sets a new standard, with its unique shape and interesting flowers combined with drought...

Plant Misting Made Easy

During the hot days of summer, plants benefit from a misting of cool water, just like we do. The Plant Mister makes spritzing plants a breeze. It’s ideal for misting outdoor or indoor plants to...

A Quicker, Cleaner Oil Change

It's recommended that homeowners change the oil in lawn mowers, tillers, and tractors at least once during the growing season. Changing the oil regularly prevents engine overheating and wear,...

Using Willows to Root Roses

Late summer is the perfect time to take softwood cuttings of roses and other woody shrubs to create new plants for spring. While the timing and technique is important when propagating woody shrubs...

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In the Garden

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Planning the Cool-Season Veggie Garden

August's garden bounty can be too much, just enough, or too little; but it's always a starting point in determining what to plant (or what not to plant) next time around. Now you know from experience that the whole packet of zucchini seeds -- or even...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Getting Started With Natives Learn about gardening with California native plants at a two-part class at the Theodore Payne...

Clever Gardening Technique

Facecloth Relief Clip a facecloth or hand towel to your wasteband to wipe the sweat off your forehead and out...
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Regional Reminders

  • Keep Veggies Picked
  • Pamper Ripening Melons
  • Fertilize for Future Fruit
  • Clean Up Around Trees
  • Fertilize Acid-Loving Flowers

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