Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Vanilla-Scented Verbena Perfumes Your Yard

National News

Verbenas are stars of the late-season annual flower garden. They are great butterfly attractants and provide an airy feel to the garden as their flowers float above the foliage. Now there’s a...

Neem May Inhibit Nitrogen-Fixation in Legumes

Neem extract is widely used to ward off a variety of insects, such as Japanese beetles, aphids, and scale, and also diseases such as powdery mildew. It’s derived from the seed of a tropical tree...

Gardening Improves Health of Older Adults

It’s widely known that regular exercise contributes to the prevention of chronic diseases associated with aging and helps maintain an independent lifestyle. While many seniors find regular...

Faux Coyote Scares Away Birds

From the manufacturer who brought you the scare-eye balloons and faux owls to help ward off unwanted birds comes another faux predator for your yard. The faux coyote is not just a one-dimensional...

More News »

In the Garden


Problems with the Onion Family

Here are some of the growing problems you may have observed with chives, garlic, leeks, onions, and shallots earlier this year, and what to do so they don't reoccur with this fall's plantings. Problem: Plants send up flower stalks rather than...
Read more »


Shows & Events

Designing With Succulents Debra Lee-Baldwin, author of Designing with Succulents , will discuss creating a beautiful...

Clever Gardening Technique

Brightly Colored Tool Handles Paint tool handles and a foot or so of the nozzle ends of hoses with a bright color of exterior...
Read more »

Regional Reminders

  • Sow Overwintering Crops
  • Keep Sowing Quick Crops Until Thanksgiving
  • Harvest in the Cool Mornings
  • Water Fruit Trees
  • Start Fall and Winter Bloomers

Read more »

Syndicate this Report

Our Mission in Action

Shop Our Holiday Catalog