Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Variegated Tapioca

National News

Tropical foliage plants continue to be popular, and a new ornamental selection of the tropical food plant tapioca promises to shine in any landscape. The variegated tapioca ( Manihot esculenta...

Simple Way to Reduce Peach Brown Rot

Brown rot fungal disease can adversely affect the health of peach trees and fruits. To reduce the need for spraying to control this disease, researchers in France tried changing some common...

New Deer-Control Product

Deer browsing on shrubs, trees, flowers, and vegetables is a big problem throughout the country. Some gardeners fence out the deer, others try various taste and smell deterrents. Here’s another...

World’s Largest Daphne

Daphnes are known for their attractive foliage and sweetly scented, white flowers. Most selections are small shrubs with densely packed leaves that grow well in a perennial flower border. But...

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In the Garden

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Meet Son of Giant Plant

Giant Plant and I have been together since 1972. He was born from a cutting from a huge Monstera deliciosa that thrived in Dearie's greenhouse in Napa. Dearie had such a green thumb that all she did was cut off a hunk of vine and plunge it into an old...
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Resources

Books

Wildly Successful Plants Neophyte gardeners or weathered professionals can glean something from Pam Peirce in her book...

Clever Gardening Technique

Leaf Cuttings I love to get something for nothing, and growing new plants from cuttings is just one of the ways...
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Regional Reminders

  • Examine Lawn for Dead Spots
  • Set Out Nesting Material
  • Plant Tuberous Begonias
  • Protect Your Property Against Wildfire
  • Plant for Color

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