Southern 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


Suddenly, It's Fall!

The amazingly sudden shift from summer to fall, with that tremendous downpour and chilly weather, certainly cued us to shift our gardening activities. Even my last tomatoes gave up the ghost. I had scheduled delivery and incorporation of a huge amount...
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Shows & Events

Plants for Tough Places Every garden has spots where few plants, if any, will grow. At an upcoming garden talk at the Los...

Clever Gardening Technique

Snails and Slugs Again Regrettably, the cool, moist weather brings back snails and slugs, just in time to attack...
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Regional Reminders

  • Rotate and Renovate Strawberry Beds
  • Prepare Herbs for Indoor Conditions
  • Fertilize Overwintering Plants
  • Divide Flowers
  • Reduce Irrigation

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