Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Snow Pea With a Touch of Gold

National News

Springtime is pea time in the vegetable garden. There’s nothing like the taste of freshly picked English, snap, or snow peas. Although peas are grown mostly for their flavor, now these edible...

New Look in Foxgloves

Foxgloves ( Digitalis ) are popular biennials and perennials with 1- to 4-foot-tall bloom spikes in colors ranging from white to purple. They have colorful mottling in the center of individual...

Fabric Pots Offer Advantages

Every year there are more types of containers on the market. While the trend is toward more decorative and fashionable pots, these may not be the best ones for your plants. Dark-colored plastic...

New Book Plumbs the Truth About Organic Gardening

As organic gardening becomes more common, there are many assumptions about its safety that get promoted by the media. It’s hard to know which organic gardening techniques and products are...

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In the Garden


Double Trunks Mean Double Trouble

I always knew that two trunks were trouble, but now I know why. Some trees, for whatever reason, create a second leader when they are saplings. A leader is the main vertical trunk that the scaffolding (horizontal) branches grow from. Liquidambars are...
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Shows & Events

Bouquets to Art The de Young Museum comes alive with flowers during Bouquets To Art, March 11 to 15. Floral...


California Gardening The California Gardener's Guide, Volume II , by Nan Sterman (Cool Springs Press, 2007; $24.99)...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Wisteria
  • Prune Deciduous Trees
  • Improve Planting Beds
  • Plant Spring-Blooming Annuals
  • Prune Fuchsias

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