Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Apricot Zinnia

National News

Zinnias are one of the easiest annual flowers to grow in the garden, and they come in many sizes, shapes, and colors -- from pure white to deep red. Now gardeners have a beautiful new apricot...

A Solution for Heavy Containers

Container gardening continues to be hugely popular, and many gardeners love to experiment with large containers, mixing and matching edibles, flowers, and even small shrubs. However, large...

The Best Daisies

The Shasta daisy ( Leucanthemum x superbum ) is a carefree, widely adapted perennial flower that gardeners across the country can grow. The flowers reach 5 inches in diameter with yellow centers...

Kudzu Contributes to Air Pollution

As if there weren't enough reasons to dislike this ubiquitous Southern weed that is migrating northward with global warming, now it appears kudzu emits gases that contribute to air pollution....

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In the Garden

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Blooms Aplenty

Glorious mid-February blooms from around the color wheel are a most welcome sight following our wonderful rains. Those rains came down perfectly, with light sprinkles and some downpours interspersed with time for the soil to drain just enough for the...
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Resources

Shows & Events

African Violet Show and Sale On Saturday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the South Coast Botanic Garden will hold its...

Clever Gardening Technique

Asparagus Fork for Weeding A handy tool to use to pry up entire root systems is the pronged "asparagus fork" that looks...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Veggies
  • Transplant More Cole Crops
  • Plant White Potatoes
  • Planting the Right Carrots for Your Soil Type
  • Spray Dormant Oil on Fruit Trees

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