Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stunning, Compact Nasturtium

National News

‘Empress of India’ nasturtium is known for its lush, dark red flowers, blue-green leaves, and trailing growth habit that reaches 12 to 16 inches long. A new version of this popular variety...

New Starry-Eyed Hydrangea

The smooth hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens ) is a widely grown landscape shrub, and ‘Annabelle’, with its snowball-shaped flowers, has been the variety of choice for years. A newly discovered...

No-Mess Instant Compost Tea

Compost tea is widely used by gardeners to boost plant growth, build soil humus, and increase soil microbial activity. The latest trend in compost teas is brewing the tea aerobically to get the...

Blueberries May Help Ward Off Colon Cancer

Blueberries are well known for both their taste and their health benefits. Eating fresh blueberries has been shown to help slow memory loss and prevent heart disease. In addition, new research...

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In the Garden


Oh No! Not the "D" Word Again!

I heard on the news this morning that our rainfall is something like 10 inches below normal. Since we only get 33 inches in our short rainy season anyway, that means we are about two-thirds of normal. The dreaded "D" word was mentioned in the newscast....
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Shows & Events

Fabulous Container Plantings Show Don't miss the exciting exhibition of container plantings entered in the San Francisco Botanical...

Clever Gardening Technique

Propagate Indoor Plants Propagate indoor plants to share with friends or to increase your collection. Most...
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Regional Reminders

  • Increase Humidity for Container Plants
  • Keep Birdbaths Clean and Full
  • Deadhead Spring-Blooming Bulbs
  • Pinch Fuchsias
  • Give Indoor Plants a Mini Vacation

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