Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Striking Purple-Leaved Pineapple Lily

National News

Pineapple lily ( Eucomis comosa ) is a subtropical plant that produces sword-like leaves and pineapple-like flowers. It’s hardy only in USDA zones 7 to 10 but can be grown as an annual in colder...

Identify Your Plants Via E-mail

It happens even to the most knowledgeable gardeners: You see a plant you like but you don't know the name of it, and your gardening friends don't know what it is either. Sometimes even a local...

New, Stronger String Trimmer

Cutting weeds and edging grass with a string trimmer is a thankless job, yet many homeowners like the manicured look that these machines afford. One of the most annoying aspects of using string...

Will Biofuels Help Reduce Global Warming?

Biofuels are all the rage. With soaring oil prices and a desire to reduce our dependence on foreign energy resources, there's a lot of interest in growing corn and other crops to be processed into...

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In the Garden


Help for Sick Friends

All is not well here in Brisbane. Although the Sunset book on houseplants says that now is not the correct time, something had to be done. My indoor plants have been languishing these past few weeks. I don't know if I am not spending enough time with...
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Shows & Events

Autumn Impressions Autumn Impressions is an exhibit of photographs by Jo-Ann Ordano that capture the magical...

Clever Gardening Technique

Easy Clean-Up Tip In order to reduce mess and keep my office clean, I keep rolls of plastic sheeting on hand....
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Regional Reminders

  • Reduce Watering
  • Clean Vegetable Beds
  • Protect Row Crops
  • Cut Back Rangy Fuchsias
  • Let Roses Form Hips

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