Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Gold Medal Flowers for 2007

National News

The European ornamental horticulture industry trade group, Fleuroselect, has been trialing and highlighting stellar annual and perennial flower varieties for 26 years. The flowers are grown in 30...

Beer Bait for Cockroaches

It’s late summer and your house is loaded with fresh vegetables and flowers from your garden. While you try to keep up with the abundance of produce flowing into your home, other unwanted guests,...

Tracking Droughts

Every year many gardeners across the country suffer through drought, and this year parts of the upper Midwest, mid-Atlantic region, and Texas have been especially dry. Now there is a Web site that...

New Ergonomic Hand Tools

There are many types of ergonomic tools on the market, however some are just regular hand tools with extra padding or support. Though they provide more comfort, they don’t give all the benefits of...

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In the Garden


Weeds 101

Recently my friend Tom and I were wandering around the nautical underbelly of Sausalito (back where the boatyards are located) when he pointed out a weed and said, "Look at that. It's growing right out of solid concrete with no water or anything. I...
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Gardening on Hard Surfaces Gardening on Pavement, Tables and Hard Surfaces , by George Schenk (Timber Press, 2006; $19.95),...

Favorite or New Plant

Mother Fern Beautiful and hardy, indoors or out, the mother fern ( Asplenium bulbiferum ) is one of my...
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Regional Reminders

  • Care for Late-Summer Roses
  • Pick up Fallen Fruit
  • Groom Vegetable Plants
  • Plant Citrus
  • Root Herb Cuttings

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