Northern 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


Beat the Heat

By the time this column runs, the fog will probably have returned, along with our natural air conditioning. However, as I write we are experiencing a heat wave that is holding strong in its 5th day, with no relief in sight. The dog days of summer bring...
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Web Finds

Henry's Garden If you have a video player on your computer, you may be happy to know that Henry's Garden is...

Clever Gardening Technique

Aquarium Water for Indoor Plants If you have an indoor aquarium, you can use the water on your indoor plants. Stir the gravel at...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protect Soaker Hoses
  • Reduce Watering of Tomatoes
  • Care for Rhododendrons
  • Pinch Fuchsias
  • Create a Birdbath

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