Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Pink-Edged Sea Holly

National News

Sea holly ( Eryngium spp.) is a sun-loving, easy-to-grow perennial that’s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. It features 3-foot-tall flower stalks topped with spiny, silvery blue flower heads. The...

A Shovel With Attitude

The Kombi shovel is described as a “shovel with attitude.” One look at it makes you see why. It looks more like a medieval weapon than a garden tool. The Kombi has sharp, deeply serrated edges on...

New Multicolored Dahlia

Dahlias come in a wide variety of colors that gardeners combine to produce a multicolored effect. Now a new variety offers multiple colors on one plant. ‘Changing Colors’ dahlia features flowers...

Best Grass for Low-Nitrogen Lawns

Lawns are ubiquitous in the United States, and most homeowners fertilize their lawns at least once a year, usually with a high-nitrogen product. This has raised environmental concerns because...

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In the Garden


Pruning Fruit Trees

Now through mid-February is prime time for pruning fruit and nut trees. Beginners may prefer to do it once the first buds start growing so they can better see what they're doing. Basic guidelines for dormant pruning are to remove crowded or crossed...
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Shows & Events

Elegant Silvers: Foliage in the Garden On Thursday, February 14, at 2:30 p.m., in Friends' Hall at the Huntington Botanic Garden, garden...

Clever Gardening Technique

Use the Bottom of the Milk Jug After using the milk or water jug as a mini greenhouse, save the bottom you cut off to use as a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Start Tomatoes and Peppers Indoors
  • Prune Cane Berries
  • Dig Wide Planting Holes for Trees
  • Spray Dormant Oil
  • Let Your Lawns Breathe

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