Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Lime Green Sunflower

National News

Sunflowers are the quintessential summer flower. Over the past 20 years great strides have been made in breeding sunflowers to create shorter, multi-branching plants and more colorful flower...

Easier Way to Start Seeds

Trying to handle tiny seeds, such as carrot, pansy, and lettuce, and drop the right number into a cell pack can be tricky. With inexpensive seeds, there's no worry about using more than you need,...

Peppermint-Striped Hydrangea

The Forever & Ever line of big-leaf hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) features compact, mounding, 2- to 3-foot-tall shrubs that bloom on both old and new wood. The shrubs grow best in USDA...

Get to the Root of the Matter

Any gardener knows that plant roots are critical to growth, flowering, and fruiting. Strong roots enable plants to withstand pest attacks, adverse weather, and poor gardening practices. For the...

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In the Garden


Gardening in the Redwoods

I have had many, many gardens over the years, and in every place I have lived I've planted and tended flowers. I love blooming plants, no matter if they are grown in the ground or in containers. I had window box gardens when I lived in an upstairs flat,...
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Shows & Events

Tulipmania Mark your calendar for Pier 39's Tulip Extravaganza! From Wednesday, February 13th to Monday,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Heel in Bare-Root Bargains If the weather won't cooperate with your plans, bare-root plants can be temporarily heeled in...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Deciduous Plants
  • Use Dormant Spray
  • Cultivate Soil
  • Plant Amaryllis
  • Store Garden Hoses

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