Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Tempting New Tomato Varieties

National News

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown across the country, and for 2007 there are some new varieties that should peak everyone’s interest. One of the trends in tomatoes is fruits of...

2007 Perennial Plant of the Year

Each year there are a bevy of perennial flowers to tempt us -- both new and old favorites -- and it can be difficult to choose what to plant. The Perennial Plant Association helps us by naming a...

Gardening With Seniors and Kids

Seniors and kids are a natural combination in the garden. Seniors have years of experience, wisdom, and patience for creating gardens, and kids have the enthusiasm, energy, and strength to help...

Marigolds Thrive With Earthworm Castings

Earthworms are known to be key components of healthy garden soils. They not only aerate the soil with their tunneling, but their droppings or “castings” are known to be a good plant food, as well....

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In the Garden


Winter Garden Color

Unlike our unfortunate friends on the East Coast, here in California we can garden to our little hearts content all throughout the winter months. As a matter of fact, there is enough pruning and raking to keep us all busy until spring. But, it's not...
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Bird Songs Bird Songs by Les Beletsky (Chronicle Books, 2006; $45) is more than a book, it has a built-in...

Clever Gardening Technique

Make-It-Yourself Seed Tape Seed tape is expensive to buy and easy to make, especially if you save your own seeds. To begin,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Ready, Set, Prune!
  • Don't Let Container Plants Sit in Water
  • Force Bulbs Indoors
  • Clean Wooden Decks
  • Protect Tender Plants From Frost

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