Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Perennial of the Year

National News

Each year the Perennial Plant Association highlights a perennial plant that fits the criteria for plant of the year. Winning plants are widely adapted, have multiple seasons of interest, are low...

Reduce your Carbon Footprint by Mowing Less

Many people are interested in reducing their carbon footprint in an effort to save energy and limit global warming. While driving less is one of the most obvious ways to do this, mowing your lawn...

New Soil-Moisture Monitor

Knowing when to water containers is often a head-scratching proposition, especially for new gardeners. While it’s important to not let your container plant dry out, the bigger problem is often...

Want to Be a New Farmer? Start Here

Small farming is on the rise. The USDA estimates there are more than 300,000 new farms in the U.S since 2002, with many being run by younger people. All those new farmers are looking for...

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In the Garden


Serious Drought

Contrary to the recent rains, it looks as if the predictions for a serious drought are real. Although some areas in the North Bay and in the Santa Cruz Mountains have received as much as 4 inches of rain per storm, the reservoirs are still way below...
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Shows & Events

Going Native Garden Tour Gardens that are water-wise and low maintenance, attractive to humans as well as birds and...

Tool or Gardening Product

Flower Pharm Insecticidal Soap Plus Before I went in for knee surgery, I treated my Christmas cactus, which was suffering from an...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pull Those Weeds!
  • Deadhead Bulb Flowers
  • Wake-Up Time for Indoor Cactus
  • Oak Caterpillars
  • Fertilize Lawns

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