Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Unusual Butterfly Geranium

National News

Geraniums (Pelargoniums) are classic summer annuals that grace window boxes, containers, and gardens across the country. While most gardeners are familiar with the Martha Washington and zonal...

Japanese Beetles Thrive With Global Warming

Global warming is affecting plants, animals, and insects in ways we are just starting to understand. Unfortunately, not all species will be affected equally, and some of the worst pests of garden...

Prevent Dog Spots on Your Lawn

Man’s best friend can be one of the lawn’s worst enemies. Dead areas on lawns from dogs "doing their business" are a common sight in urban and suburban areas with little green space. While the...

Eat Veggies to Build Muscles

Most people think protein is essential to building and maintaining muscles. While protein is a key ingredient, it turns out that vegetables and fruits are just as important. It’s the high level of...

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In the Garden

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Now's The Time For Heat-Lovers!

May is the ideal month to plant the heat-lovers -- the vegetables and flowers that seem to thrive and bloom more lustily when the weather's hot and sunny. Earlier in spring and later in fall, we coddle them to stretch the seasons, but now is when...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Sustainable Gardening Author Amy Stewart will talk about Becoming More Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly, on...

Clever Gardening Technique

Seedling Protection Use plastic baskets from cherry tomatoes or strawberries to protect newly sprouted...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Strawberry Plants
  • Plant Tender Trees
  • Fertilize Fruit Trees
  • Liven Up Shady Areas With Colorful Plants
  • Choose Drought-Tolerant Shrubs

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