Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Hybrid Rudbeckia

National News

Rudbeckias, also known as black-eyed Susans, are great for brightening up gardens with their yellow blooms. In recent years breeders have developed several new varieties of both annual and...

Produce More Raspberries in Cool Climates

It’s raspberry season in many parts of the country. If you love red raspberries and want to get an even bigger crop, consider using a technique developed by researchers in Norway. They grew two...

Return of American Chestnut Can Help Reduce Global Warming

American chestnuts ( Castanea dentate ) were prized trees in North American forests until blight wiped them out in the last century. Researchers have been trying to breed a disease-resistant...

Revised Book on Deer-Proof Gardens

Deer are capable of decimating a garden overnight and are the bane of many gardeners’ existence. There are countless books, articles, Web sites, and products available to help control this pest....

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In the Garden


The Good Insects and the Bad Insects

Beneficial Insects: The Good Guys Welcoming and providing for insect predators in your garden is a wise move. There are limitations to the value of purchasing adult predators, however. Once they've eaten their fill soon after release in your...
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Shows & Events

Rose Care Using Sustainable Methods Saturday, August 8, 10am, at Descanso Gardens, Amanda Everett will discuss sustainable rose care...

Clever Gardening Technique

Chicken Wire Trellis Rack Make a raised rack as a horizontal trellis for vining crops. Fasten chicken wire to a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Help Melons Ripen
  • Thirsty Tomatoes
  • Onion and Garlic Slumping
  • Painting Tree Trunks
  • Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

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