Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Lime Green Cauliflower

National News

There are few vegetables as majestic-looking and beautiful as the Romanesco cauliflower. This Italian heirloom hails from the coastal region between Rome and Naples. Romanesco cauliflower is noted...

Cold-Hardy Clumping Bamboos

Bamboos have become popular landscape plants for creating garden rooms, blocking unsightly views, or lending your garden an Asian feel. Bamboos are grouped as either running or clumping types....

Organic Strawberries Better for Fighting Cancer

Over the years we’ve reported about the various cancer-fighting compounds contained in many fresh fruits and vegetables. New research suggests that how the fruits and vegetables are grown may make...

New Biodegradable Seedling Pots

Many gardeners have used peat, coir, and other biodegradable pots to start their seedlings. The advantage of peat and coir pots over plastic is that the "pot and all" can be transplanted in...

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In the Garden


Beyond Frost?

As of January 28 each year we're past the average last frost day for our area. This, of course, is somewhat meaningless, given the extent of our land mass and elevations, and the infinite variations of miniclimates. Even so, it's a broad benchmark to...
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Favorite or New Plant

Don't Toss That Gift Amaryllis Amaryllis that have just finished blooming can be grown for their foliage through the fall, and...

Clever Gardening Technique

Pencils and String Aid Seed Sowing Distributing small seeds evenly when sowing can be tricky. A lead pencil provides two...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Veggies
  • Plant Potatoes
  • Select Suitable Carrot Varieties
  • Apply Last Dormant Spray
  • Fertilize Landscape Plants

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