Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Mildew-Resistant Phlox

National News

Tall summer phlox ( Phlox paniculata ) are a midsummer treat is any perennial garden. The flowers are showy and are available in a range of colors, including pure white, pink, lilac, and red....

To Till or Not Till in Compost

Most gardeners know that compost applied to perennial beds helps the soil and plants in many ways. Usually the added compost is tilled into the soil before planting. Now research from the...

Community Gardens at all USDA Facilities

New research from the National Gardening Association shows there are more than 1 million community gardens in the United States and up to 3 million people would like to garden in a community garden...

New Early, Sweet Melon

Melons are a favored summer vegetable. While most gardeners are familiar with the traditional cantaloupes, there are now other exotic melons making it into farmer's markets, grocery stores, and...

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In the Garden


Starting a New Garden?

Consider starting with raised beds. Raised beds provide "growing-only, no-walking" areas that encourage extensive healthy root growth and allow more thorough drainage. Soil is the beginning, middle, and end of successful gardening. It doesn't...
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Shows & Events

Dahlia Sale and Lecture The Dahlia Sale and Lecture sponsored by the South Coast Dahlia Society provides information on...

Clever Gardening Technique

Quart Jar To Test Soil Texture To easily determine the texture of your soil, fill a quart-size, straight-sided jar two-thirds...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sowing Veggies
  • New Herbs to Start
  • Plant Summer Bloomers
  • Root Cuttings
  • Lawns Need Feeding

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