Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Award-Winning Christmas Melon

National News

It’s only December, but the new varieties for 2009 are already rolling in. Mailboxes and e-mail inboxes are being inundated with seed catalogs filled with new varieties. One that caught my eye is...

Community Gardens Add Value to Inner City Homes

Community gardens not only provide healthy food, exercise, and green spaces for city residents, they also revitalize neighborhoods and increase home values. Researchers from the American Real...

New Biopesticide Controls Tomato Blight and Mildew

Home gardeners are always looking for the best and safest way to control disease in their gardens. Recently there has been great interest in using naturally occurring microorganisms to combat...

Garden Gloves for Animal Lovers

Garden gloves are an essential item for anyone working in the yard. Plus, they make affordable and much-appreciated holiday gifts. While there are many types of gloves on the market, for those...

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In the Garden


Winter in Sunny California

Winter gardening in California involves more than sitting at the kitchen table reading seed catalogs. For those of us who are inspired, winter is the time to get organized, rake and clean the garden, pull weeds, plant, prune, and get muddy. Mud...
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Shows & Events

Golden Gate Express All aboard The Golden Gate Express for a San Francisco holiday experience like no other! This...

Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Olive My favorite winter blooming shrub is the sweet olive (Osmanthus). It's not fussy like daphne and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Care for Poinsettias
  • Plant Narcissus
  • Holiday Treats for the Birds
  • Protect Citrus Bark from Sunburn
  • Check Drainage on Container Plants

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