Northern 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


Love of Lemons!

Looking through my files I see that I haven't written a word about citrus. Hey, we live in California, the land of fruits and nuts. We put up with traffic and smog and political weirdness so that we can grow stuff nobody else can grow. How could I have...
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Citrus Many of the trees pictured in Citrus (Sunset Publishing Corporation; 1996) were plants I cared...

Shows & Events

Plant Sale San Francisco Botanical Garden's July Plant Sale features a wonderful selection of salvias and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize
  • Pest Control
  • Apply Mulch
  • Mole Patrol
  • Vacation Care for Indoor Plants

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