Northern 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


Garden Easy

Everybody is talking ergonomics. I have a new ergonomic keyboard for my computer and it's like learning how to type all over again. Why do I always have go back to square one? There are many ergonomic garden tools available, but so far nobody has...
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Shows & Events

Bird Walk at the Arboretum Fall is a beautiful time to visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Bring your binoculars and...


Gardening with Disabilities If you garden with a disability, or are disabled and wish you could garden, The Enabling Garden...
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Regional Reminders

  • Store Summer-Blooming Bulbs
  • Snail Watch
  • Cymbidium Switch
  • Decrease Water
  • Fall Cleanup

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