Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stunning Multicolored Clematis

National News

Clematis are perennial climbing vines grown for their flowers that range in color from deep purples, blues, and pinks, to white. A new variety called 'Tie Dye' adds an interesting twist, with...

Updated Garden Primer

Back in the 1980s, Barbara Damrosch’s book, The Garden Primer , was considered one of the bibles of general gardening. It was chock full of information on growing everything imaginable --...

New Golden Grape Tomato

Grape tomatoes have become very popular in grocery stores and farmers’ markets. They resemble cherry tomatoes but are more elongated, less watery, and thicker skinned. While most grape tomato...

Human Hair Disks for Containers

First, there were smart pots, now there are smart mats. SmartGrow mats are woven disks made from human hair that can enhance growth of plants. They’re completely biodegradable, and as they...

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In the Garden


Asparagus, Food of the Gods

Those slender spears are succulent and delicately tasty, certainly welcome after a winter of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and lettuce. But some problems may arise, and here are some things to consider for more successful crops over the coming years,...
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Shows & Events

12th Annual Herb Festival On Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Quail Botanic Gardens in...

Favorite or New Plant

Use Beautiful, Drought-Tolerant Plants Consider landscaping with plants that thrive under conditions of drought and neglect. Some...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Veggies Indoors and Out
  • Starting Herbs
  • Don't Soak Seeds Prior to Sowing
  • Planting the First Summer Bulbs
  • Prune and De-Bug Roses

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