Southern 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


Thinking of Tomatoes Yet?

One technique to assure sturdy tomato plants from seeds started indoors uses quart-size plastic food storage bags. Folding the bags into square boxes allows several bags to fit together as a group in a square drip tray. Also, each plant's root system...
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Shows & Events

Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale The Cal State Fullerton Arboretum plant sale (Thursday - Sunday, March 19-22, 2009, 10am-4pm)...

Web Finds

Fullerton Arboretum Visit the Fullerton Arboretum Web site for details on their upcoming plant sale as well as...
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Regional Reminders

  • Last Artichoke, Asparagus, and Rhubarb Plantings
  • Which Carrots?
  • Trimming Fuchsias
  • Finger-Pruning Roses
  • Gentle Feeding for the Whole Season

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