Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Colorful Japanese Forest Grass

National News

Japanese forest grass ( Hakonechloa macra ) is an attractive, clumping ornamental grass that looks stunning planted as a ground cover along a walkway or on a bank. The leaves are usually a bright...

New Continuous Input Composter

With the bevy of fallen leaves, grass clippings, and old flower and vegetable plants, fall is a great time to compost yard waste. While there are many home compost units on the market, here is a...

Award-Winning Japanese Hornbeam

Since 1978 the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has recognized outstanding trees, shrubs, and woody vines with a special gold medal award. The plants are evaluated for performance, pest and...

Sky Farming of the Future

Small-space gardeners with only a deck and patio have been told for years to utilize the vertical space above beds and planters for growing more plants. Now Dickson Despommier, professor of...

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In the Garden


Colossal Containers

On a recent visit to Petaluma, I spied three large, elegant containers parked contentedly alongside the stone wall of an old building. The rounded, urn-shaped containers balanced the tall Camellia japonica shrubs, with their skirts of begonias. The...
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Shows & Events

Mid-Autumn Skies Evening Walk Join Bing Quock from California Academy of Sciences for an evening of stargazing at the San...

Clever Gardening Technique

Foil Gophers If gophers are a problem in your area, fill the bottom of planting holes with crushed granite....
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Regional Reminders

  • Eliminate Crabgrass
  • Switch Cymbidium Fertilizer
  • Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs
  • Plant Bulbs in Containers
  • Keep Bird Baths Clean and Full

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