Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Most Fragrant Peony

National News

Peonies are widely grown spring garden plants, and their large, colorful flowers are showstoppers in the garden. The foliage provides three seasons of color and is seldom bothered by deer and...

The Pitchfork Gets a Makeover

The pitchfork is an agricultural icon that has many uses in the home garden. It’s great for spreading bark mulch, turning compost piles, and moving hay, straw, leaves, and other bulk materials....

Where Have All the Honeybees Gone?

Honeybees are the unsung heroes of our food supply. It’s estimated that up to one-third of the food we eat is dependent on honeybee pollination activity in spring and summer. In spring beekeepers...

Tree Lilac With Colorful Bark

Lilacs are common landscape plants, and while lilac shrubs get most of the attention for their colorful and fragrant flowers, tree lilacs, while lacking fragrance, have their own merits. The...

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In the Garden


Garden Success Starts With Good Soil and Proper Watering

Long before you put plants in the ground, your soil needs some attention to make sure it will provide the best possible environment for your plants to grow their best. Soil that's largely clay can get waterlogged and drain poorly. Soil that's too sandy...
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Shows & Events

Edible Theme Gardens with Rosalind Creasy On Thursday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Rosalind Creasy, the "Mother" of edible...

Clever Gardening Technique

Seedling Separators An old fork or spoon will separate and lift seedlings gently from flats, and the handle (or...
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Regional Reminders

  • Evaluate Sunlight When Locating Crops
  • Sprout Sweet Potatoes Indoors
  • Plant Citrus and Avocados
  • Wait to Plant Bougainvilleas
  • Pruning Roses With Your Fingernail

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