Southern 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


Low-Key Mid-Winter Gardening

The sun's light and warmth slip to the year's low ebb this month. During warm spells, however, some seeds will germinate, so sowing under protected conditions is worth the effort. These seedlings can fill gaps in the winter garden and...
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Shows & Events

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program Applications If you live in Los Angeles County, are passionate about helping other gardeners grow and eat more...

Clever Gardening Technique

Painted Rocks or Stakes As you clean up dried foliage from bulbs, mark their locations with painted rocks or stakes, so...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Asparagus At Different Depths
  • Harvest Outer Leaves of Lettuce
  • More Bulb Planting
  • Winter Transplanting Tip
  • Cover the Compost Pile

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