Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Watermelons May Have Viagra-Like Effect

National News

Watermelons are favorite summer fruits that are loaded with antioxidants. Previous research touted watermelons as being high in lycopene, an antioxidant associated with heart, prostate, and skin...

New Dwarf Alamanda

Alamanda is a rambling, fragrant tropical vine that produces 3-inch-diameter yellow blossoms all summer. Most varieties of alamanda grow to 25 feet, so they are best grown on a pergola or trellis....

Versailles Gardens Go Green

The Gardens of Versailles are some of the most quintessential formal gardens in the world. Straight lines of ancient trees, well-trimmed hedges, and manicured lawns make up the bulk of these...

New Water-Saving Sprinkler System

With summer droughts hitting many areas and the price of water rising, many homeowners are looking for ways to save water. One of the biggest summer users of water is the automated lawn sprinkler...

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In the Garden


Helping Plants Weather the Drought

It's been a hot summer. Heat wave after heat wave has rolled through the Bay area, the first one in April. We should have known then that it was going to be a bad year for both fires and drought. The few inches of rain we did receive over the winter was...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Unwanted Cats in the Garden Here's a great tip on how to keep cats out of your garden beds. When you prune your roses, save...

Shows & Events

Growing Succulents Filoli Estate offers horticultural classes taught by experts. If you have ever wondered about the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Rejuvenate Petunias
  • Remove Tree Ties
  • Pick Wild Berries
  • Reduce Water on Tomatoes
  • Caring for Roses

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