Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Fruiting Banana Tree for Containers

National News

There is no fruit more representative of the tropics than the banana. However, other than frost-free areas in South Florida, Texas, and Southern California, you rarely see fruiting bananas in the...

Spectacular Evergreen Dogwood With Abundant Flowers

Chinese evergreen dogwoods ( Cornus angustata ) are a relatively new group of landscape trees that are primarily grown in the Southeast. Although they have been around for 20 years, they aren’t...

Electric Fly Swatter for Your Next Picnic

Summertime is mosquito and flying insect time in many areas of the country. The simplest method of killing an errant fly is with a fly swatter. However, trying to kill a flying insect with a fly...

Pea Seeds Grow Better With Vitamin C

If you’ve had trouble getting pea seeds to germinate and grow in your garden, try soaking the seeds in a solution of vitamin C or folic acid before planting. Researchers at the University of...

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In the Garden


Troubleshooting Corn Problems

Despite the abundance of sweet corn in grocery stores and farmer's markets, some of us choose to grow our own because -- like so many other vegetables we grow -- we can choose the variety, and we have complete control over what amendments we incorporate...
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Favorite or New Plant

Lawns More and more a "protected species," our lawns shrink in size as lots get smaller, and water use...

Clever Gardening Technique

Propagate by Cuttings or Layering Root woody cuttings of azalea, chrysanthemum, carnation, fuchsia, and hydrangea. Choose...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Last Batch of Corn
  • Hand-Pollinate Tomatoes
  • Keep Pickin'!
  • Successive Planting
  • Garden Tea

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