Southern 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

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Common Problems With Brassicas

Planning to grow Brassica family members -- broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, or kohlrabi? Here are some problems you may run into, and ways to prevent or lessen them next time around: Symptom : Plants wilt, fall over, and...
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Resources

Tool or Gardening Product

Your Calendar Make notes on last summer's garden while your memory is still fresh. Your initial choices,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Winter Tool Care Thoroughly clean, sharpen, and oil tool blades. Take care of any rough spots on wood handles,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Outer Leaves
  • Plant Asparagus at Different Depths
  • Prune When All the Leaves Are Gone
  • Plant More Bulbs
  • No Stomping After Transplanting!

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