Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Hardier Cape Fuchsia

National News

Many gardeners love to grow the common fuchsia as an annual in containers and hanging baskets. The fuchsia family, though, also has soon unusual perennials in its lineage. The cape fuchsia...

Trees Can Reduce Energy Usage

Trees are great additions to a yard for their shade and fruit depending on the type you grow. Now, research confirms trees also will help reduce summertime energy use. A recent USDA study in...

Race Car Made From and Powered by Vegetables

Formula 1 racing has come under scrutiny from environmental groups for the amount of fossil fuels needed to create and maintain their sport cars. Now, researchers at the University of Warwick in...

New Handy Mosquito Repellent

Summer time is mosquito time for much of the country. Whether you’re camping, gardening, or just enjoying a quiet evening on a patio or deck, mosquitoes often seek you out and ruin your fun. While...

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In the Garden

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My Very Own Garden -- Almost

Hallelujah! I have a real garden at long last! Well, to tell the truth, it's not actually mine, but Henry has hired me to tend his garden in San Mateo. His wife Melanie has given me carte blanche to plant any thing my little heart desires. I have been...
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Resources

Books

Roses For Dummies Roses for Dummies by my friend Lance Walheim (Wiley Publishing, 2000) continues the series....

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Globe Thistle Blue globe thistle ( Echinops spp.) is a member of the thistle family. It is a perennial that...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mow Wild Grasses
  • Plant Tuberous Begonias
  • Fertilize Shade-Loving Plants
  • Prune Star Jasmine
  • Harvest Citrus

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