Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Tri-Colored Japanese Maple

National News

Fall is for tree planting. The warm soils and cool, rainy days create perfect conditions for tree roots to grow before the cold days of winter. Japanese maple is a favorite specimen tree of many...

Instant Compost Tea

Gardeners know the benefits compost tea can have on their gardens. Not only is it a quick and efficient way to deliver nutrients to plants, compost tea also feeds the microbial life in the soil....

Trials of the Best Organic Weed Killers

Organic gardeners often struggle to control annual weeds in their gardens. While there are many organic products on the market touted as helpful in controlling weeds, there has been little...

Blue Flag Iris Filters Pesticides

Our native blue flag iris ( Iris versicolor ) is a beautiful perennial that grows well on lakeshores, swamps, wet meadows and along stream beds. Now it appears this iris can be effective in...

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In the Garden


Flower Bulbs -- Some In, Some Out

Don't wait much longer to purchase spring-blooming bulbs. This is one time when cheap prices and bottom-of-the-barrel leftovers are a waste of money rather than a bargain. If you can't buy the best, large-size bulbs shortly after they become available,...
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Shows & Events

Myths & Legends About Growing California Native Plants On November 13, 2008, at 7:30pm, the Southern California Horticultural Society hosts Greg Rubin,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Transplanting Knife An old paring or putty knife can be used to cut transplants out of a flat or to aid harvesting.
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Garlic Cloves
  • Pumpkin Seed Snacks
  • Feed for Fall/Winter
  • Lawns: New, Reseeding
  • Last Rose Care

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