Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Hosta of the Year

National News

American Hosta Growers Association has selected ‘Earth Angel’ as the Hosta of the Year for 2009. ‘Earth Angel’ is one of the largest variegated hosta varieties available. Hardy in USDA zones 2 to...

New Kitchen Scrap Composter

Composting kitchen scraps is a great way to reduce landfill waste and create organic matter for your garden. But what if you don’t have room, or the desire, to create an outdoor composting system?...

Reduce Dandelions in Lawns with Leaf Mulch

Dandelions are the scourge of many gardeners. Other than using harmful herbicides, the only sure fire way to eliminate them from lawns is to hand weed. However, recent research at Michigan State...

Updated Drip Irrigation Book

Water conservation is a big issue in many communities across the country. One way to water your plants without wasting this precious resource is to use drip irrigation. If drip irrigation seems...

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In the Garden


Nasties In The Garden: The Little Guys

"Oh, yuck! Those crummy bugs are all over my beautiful veggies, and do those poor plants look sick!" Has this wail and lament come to your garden yet? As long as there have been nasty critters and diseases that seem to appear spontaneously...
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Favorite or New Plant

Lawn: Not New, But Essential for Some You can use less water and still have a beautiful lawn. Water early in the morning, preferably...

Clever Gardening Technique

Refreshing Facecloth Pin a facecloth or hand towel to your waistband to wipe the sweat off your forehead and out...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant the Last of the Corn
  • Put Manure On Some Veggies Only
  • Don't Remove Corn Suckers
  • Put Bird Netting On Fruit Trees
  • Give Roses Attention

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