Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Ornamental Pepper

National News

Ornamental/edible hot peppers have become all the rage in the gardening world in recent years. There are numerous varieties available that combine the heat and spice of hot peppers with attractive...

Which Fruits Have the Most Antioxidants?

Every few months it seems there's another news story touting a specific fruit as having high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that have been associated with the prevention of...

Best Bellflowers

Bellflowers (Campanula) are widely adapted, hardy flowers that include more than 300 different annual, biennial, and perennial species. The Chicago Botanic Garden evaluated 89 different perennial...

Compostable Kitchen Bags

Composting is a great way to produce healthy organic matter for the garden and reduce the amount of food scraps and yard waste going to landfills. Many gardeners accumulate kitchen scraps to throw...

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In the Garden


A Self-Tending Garden

Tomorrow morning, bright and early, I check into the hospital to have knee replacement surgery. The timing for this procedure is ideal; I'm not currently employed and can take my time with the arduous recovery. My main concern is with my office...
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Shows & Events

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show (March 18 - 22, 2009) takes place at a new location, but...

Favorite or New Plant

Cushion Bush Cushion bush ( Calocephalus brownii ) is a gray foliage plant with small, scaly leaves that grow...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mark Cracked Sidewalks, Please
  • Improve Garden Beds
  • Prune Fuchsias
  • Fertilize Indoor Plants
  • Provide Necessary Nutrients

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