Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Sweet Roses Make For Sweet Dreams

National News

Beautiful, fragrant roses make most people happy, and now research is suggesting that fragrant roses may also make our sleep happier by stimulating happy dreams. Researchers in Germany analyzed...

Grow Figs in a Pot

Fresh figs are a treat, especially if you eat them right off the tree. However, most varieties are only hardy to USDA zone 8 (although the roots of some varieties are hardy to USDA zone 6). In...

Birds Eat More Weed Seed in Organic Fields

It's thought that organic farms have lots of bird and wildlife activity because of the lack of harmful chemicals that are sprayed on the fields. Birds, in particular, are welcome because they are...

Vacation Plant Treatment to Resist Drought

Summer vacations are often a tough time on plants, and can be challenging for the gardener, too. You have to get a neighbor, friend, or relative to come in and water the plants or take a chance it...

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In the Garden


Priscilla, Queen of the Garden

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the resident tortoise in the Oakland garden of my friends Peter and Javier. She cruises around the garden, spending the mornings sunning on the flagstones and the hot afternoons grazing among the Japanese anemones. I...
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Shows & Events

San Jose Reptile Show Mark your calendar! The San Jose Reptile Show will be held at the San Clara Fairgrounds on the...

Clever Gardening Technique

Signs of Turtle Trouble If you have adopted a turtle or tortoise please be gentle to your new hatchling or adult. They do...
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Regional Reminders

  • Cultivate Soil
  • Don't Cut off the Buds!
  • Fertilize Indoor Plants
  • Groom Rhododendrons
  • Weed Street Tree Basins

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