Northern 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


Be a Friend to Fennel

I see people busy clearing the wild fennel from their yards and empty lots. It breaks my heart because if you look closely at the elegant, ferny plants, you will see a multitude of Anise swallowtail caterpillars ( Papilio zelicaon ) munching away at the...
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Shows & Events

Natives & Succulents Plant Sale The San Francisco Botanical Garden presents the September 2007 plant sale featuring California...

Clever Gardening Technique

Eat the Weed! My grandfather served tender wild fennel roots raw with a side dish of olive oil, salt, and fresh...
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Regional Reminders

  • Give Indoor Plants an Outdoor Shower
  • Change Fertilizer for Cymbidiums
  • Groom Ferns
  • Deadhead Coreopsis
  • Plant Something New

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