Southern 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


Too Many Peas, Last Fall Lettuce

Peas from my October planting are continuing their heavy production. I daren't admit I'm getting sick of them already, since the batch I planted in February is just gaining its optimum height and will begin ending up its blossoms soon. I was getting...
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Shows & Events

Descanso Plant Sale On Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 16, from 9am-4pm, Descanso Gardens hosts the Mount San...

Clever Gardening Technique

What Containers? Container gardens can begin with just about any container -- an old wheelbarrow, bathtub, bird...
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Regional Reminders

  • Remove Tomato Flowers
  • Herbs for Eating and Viewing
  • Edible Flowers
  • Let Spring Bulbs Finish On Their Own
  • Pinch for More Blooms

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