Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Cloudy Apple Juice More Nutritious

National News

Next time you reach for a bottle of apple juice on the grocery shelves, look for the variety with a cloudy mixture. According to researchers at the Agricultural University of Wroclaw, Poland,...

Unusual Torch Lily

The red hot poker or torch lily ( Kniphofia ) is a South African native perennial known for its dramatic midsummer-blooming, 5-foot-tall yellow or red flower spikes that emerge from the evergreen...

Renewable Peat Moss Substitute

Peat moss is one of the most widely used soil amendments in home gardens. Although peat moss is still abundant in Canada where the bulk of it is produced, there have been concerns about the...

Handy Tool for Cleaning Mowers

One way of extending the life of your lawn mower deck is to clean out the dead grass that accumulates underneath after each mowing. Using a screwdriver or putty knife to clean out the grass can...

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In the Garden


Troubleshooting: Peppers and Eggplants

Peppers and eggplants are in the same family as tomatoes, consequently they suffer from some of the same diseases. My peppers set late in the season, once the weather and soil are very warm, and then we enjoy them through the winter. Here are some...
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Shows & Events

Texture in the Garden On Thursday, September 13, at 2:30 p.m., at the Huntington Botanic Gardens, garden designer Steve...

Clever Gardening Technique

Saving Sunflower Seed Heads Cover sunflower seed heads with cheesecloth when birds start pecking, but also leave a couple of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Keep Sowing to Extend Harvest
  • Be Patient With Slow Fruiting
  • Rejuvenate Plants for Another Harvest
  • Drying Flower Heads
  • Saving Your Own Seeds

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