Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Outstanding Shrub for Late-Summer Color

National News

Most flowering shrubs bloom from early spring to summer, and by the time July rolls around there aren’t many colorful shrubs other than crape myrtles and hydrangeas. But a relatively uncommon...

Compost Reduces Potato Diseases

Soilborne diseases, such as common scab and stem canker, can be a problem when growing potatoes, often ruining a potato patch. Recent research has focused on using beneficial microbes and compost...

Keep Cool in the Garden

It’s hot outside, and in many parts of the country, plants as well as gardeners are wilting under the heat. Gardening in the hot sun at high temperatures can lead to sunburn, dehydration, and heat...

Favorite Perennial Book Just Got Better

Gardeners love a good reference book, and a favorite among perennial gardeners has been Allan Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennial Plants . Now a new edition has been released that promises to be even...

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In the Garden


Midsummer Watering for Highest Yields

Continue watering and fertilizing the entire garden with a balanced fertilizer and manure tea or fish emulsion every other week or so for steady growth and food production. Foliar sprays of liquid seaweed help trees, vegetables,...
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Shows & Events

7th Annual Tomato Tasting Almost 100 varieties of homegrown tomatoes will be awaiting your tasting on Saturday, August 9,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Lifting Vine Crops Protect vine crop fruits like melons and squash from snails and slugs by lifting the fruits or...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Often
  • Spread More Manure
  • Keep Planting Flowers
  • Separating Iris
  • Working Compost

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