Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Juice May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

National News

Alzheimer's disease is deadly for many older Americans, but it appears diet can be protective. Recent research suggests that we can reduce our risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease by drinking fruit...

Winter-Hardy Pansies

Large-flowered pansies are great cool-weather flowers that gardeners in the southern and western U.S. often enjoy throughout the winter. In colder climates, however, such as the Northeast and...

Easy Way to Collect Yard Waste

Fall is garden cleanup time. As the flowers, vegetables, and herbs fade, it’s time to pull up or cut back the plants. Gardeners either compost the plants or send them to a recycling center. Many...

Hospitals Offer Organic Food

Not only is a stay in the hospital stressful, hospital food has a notorious reputation for being tasteless and of poor nutritional quality. That may be changing, however. A new agreement will give...

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In the Garden

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Weird and Wonderful Plants

My tastes tend toward the bizarre, much to my poor mother's chagrin. I love odd plants, such as Venus fly traps, mosses and lichens, and anything that is a little on the weird side. A rabbit foot fern ( Polypodium aureum ) with its hairy, creeping...
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Resources

Books

Organic Controls for Pests and Diseases Organic Pest & Disease Control , a Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guide, by Barbara Ellis (Houghton...

Clever Gardening Technique

Leaf Cuttings I love to grow new plants from leaf cuttings. Any plant with prominent veins can be propagated...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias
  • Beware Yellow Jackets
  • Water Trees Deeply
  • Allow Perennials To Go To Seed
  • Move Woodpiles Away from Buildings

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