Southern 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


Tomato Favorites

Everyone has their favorite tomato varieties, and after receiving recommendations from Master Gardeners, community gardeners, school gardeners, backyard gardeners, and farmers' market tasters, I'm happy to share them with readers. Here's a compendium,...
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Favorite or New Plant

Colorful Trees Fall colors come alive with beech, birch, coral tree, gingko, liquidambar, magnolia, maidenhair,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Recycling Sunflower Stalks Save the stalks of tall sunflowers, stripped of their side branches and leaves, to use next year...
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Regional Reminders

  • Rush Ripening
  • Feed Citrus
  • Remove Fruit Mummies
  • Fertilize Strawberries
  • Prune and Feed Roses One Last Time

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