Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Two-Toned Veronica

National News

Veronica is a mainstay of many perennial flower gardens. It adds dramatic color and form when it blooms in midsummer. While most varieties display spikes of blue, red, pink, or white flowers, a...

Hardiness Zone Map Gets Warmer

Global warming is a hot topic in the news, and with the balmy weather much of the nation is enjoying this winter, many people are becoming convinced that this phenomenon is real. In light of the...

Variegated Paraguay Nightshade

When you mention the nightshade family of plants, most gardeners think of potatoes, peppers, eggplants, or tomatoes. But there is another less well-known ornamental member of this family with...

Spicy Food May Protect Against Cancer

Hot peppers may do more than just make foods tasty and spicy, they also may help kill cancer cells. Researchers at the University of Nottingham in England believe they’ve discovered the Achilles...

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In the Garden

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Winter Rx for Feathered Friends

Although we are cozy and warm indoors, our fellow creatures outside are having a difficult time. Survival is what it's all about for wildlife during the winter months. It's easy and crucial for us to lend a hand. Clean Water Did you know that...
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Resources

Books

Flora Flora , by Nick Knight (Abrams Publishing, 2001; $29.95), is a book of exquisite photographs,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Pine Cone Bird Feeder Attach a piece of wire to one end of a pine cone. Next, spread peanut butter all over the pine...
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Regional Reminders

  • Patrol for Slugs
  • Protect Tree Trunks
  • Prune Hydrangeas
  • Walk Lightly
  • Sow Peas

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