Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Sourcing Organic Seeds

National News

For those avid about using organic methods to grow their vegetables, herbs, and flowers, using organically grown seed is a must. However, not all seed companies offer organic seeds so it can take...

Plant Sales Support Medical Research

Perilla is a colorful annual flower that resembles coleus but is more sun and heat tolerant. A newly introduced perilla not only has improved leaf color and texture, it also has a special story...

Amended Compost Holds More Nutrients

Adding compost to your garden soils is a great way to improve water retention and drainage and add nutrients. Making your own compost is the best way to produce large quantities at home, however,...

New Orange Eggplant

Eggplant is a favorite vegetable for grilling, roasting, and using in soups and other dishes. Most commonly available with purple skins, in the last 20 years eggplants have been introduced with...

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In the Garden


Topping Trees

You've seen them, especially under power lines and near overhanging structures: trees that have had their heads chopped off to accommodate an overhead obstruction. Topping seems like a good idea at the time, but it's extremely hard on the tree and takes...
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Tool or Gardening Product

Fiskars Transplanting Spade The Fiskars Transplanting Spade is a versatile tool that can be used for digging trenches,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Watering Tips for Cyclamen The beautiful cyclamen plants you buy during winter are grown from bulbs. It's very important not...
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Regional Reminders

  • Put Vegetable Gardens to Bed
  • Clean Under Daphne
  • Pull Perennial Weeds
  • Remove Faded Bulb Flowers
  • Withhold Water From Desert Cactus

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