Southern 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

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Attracting Birds to Your Garden

Encourage birds to visit your garden by providing them with their favorite menus, houses and nesting platforms, and fresh water. By providing these enticements year-round, birds will repay you by keeping insect populations down and by singing to...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Ferns in Pots Ferns make wonderful houseplants in the right location. Full sun varieties can stand a south- or...

Clever Gardening Technique

Infinite Containers Container gardens can begin with just about any container -- an old wheelbarrow, bathtub, bird...
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Regional Reminders

  • Troubleshoot Poor Seed Germination
  • Water Seed Beds
  • Fertilize Roses
  • Set Mower Height High
  • Mix Your Own Natural Fertilizer

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