Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Magnolia

National News

Spring is magnolia time in many areas of the country. These early-blooming trees are some of the first reminders of the colorful flowering trees and shrubs to come. Now there is a new,...

Versatile Garden Planter

It looks like a long, black punching bag, but the Garden Soxx is really a new way to container garden. Garden Soxx is a tubular, mesh bag that has the texture of heavy-duty socks. It lets in water...

The Ultimate Gardener

It's not often that we toot our own horn, but the new book The Ultimate Gardener (HCI Publishing, 2009), by NGA horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi, features fun, heart-warming short stories about...

Fish Emulsion as a Fertilizer and Fungicide

Although most organic gardeners have used fish emulsion as an effective fertilizer for crops, recent research suggests that it can also be used as a fungicide to fight diseases as well....

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In the Garden

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Hydrangeas

Henry's wife loves hydrangeas. She would like nothing more than to have the entire shady side of the garden planted with dozens of these seemingly easy-to-grow shrubs. I believe she likes them as cut flowers because they last so long in arrangements. As...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Photography Exhibit San Francisco Botanical Garden Society presents "The Botany of Nests," a photographic exhibition...

Books

Trees for Children The Davey Tree Company sent me a delightful children's book titled; Treetures Welcome Spring! ,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Spring-Blooming Shrubs
  • Wait to Plant Tomatoes!
  • Compost Pea Plants
  • Last Chance for Cool Season Planting
  • Inspect Irrigation Systems

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