Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Compact Obedient Plant

National News

Obedient plant ( Physostegia ) is a widely adapted perennial flower that is so-named, not for its compact and controllable growth habit, but for the way the flowers can be bent into a desired...

On-Line Fruit Encyclopedia

If you’re a fruit nut, here’s a Web site for you. is an on-going encyclopedia of edible fruits of the world that lists almost 300 different fruits from around the world. Developed...

The Soil Sifter

Many garden plants love a loose, fertile topsoil for growing. This is especially true of fine-rooted plants. However, unless you’re willing to buy bagged topsoil or compost or have someone screen...

Keeping Kudzu Under Control

It’s considered the scourge of the South. Kudzu is a perennial, vining weed that has taken over thousands of acres of land in the Southeast. It spreads at a rate of 150,000 acres a year and, with...

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In the Garden


Mid-Summer Care for Bloomers

Assuming air temperatures in the high 80s, you can indeed transplant more color into the garden. Some choices include fibrous begonia, calendula (pot and winter marigold), chrysanthemums, crape myrtles, dahlias, daylilies, delphiniums,...
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Shows & Events

8th Annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting Saturday, August 8, 9:00am, at Roger's Gardens, Steve Goto will offer samples of nearly 100...

Clever Gardening Technique

Pliers as Weeders Use pliers to pull tree seedlings without having them break off at ground level and grow back...
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Regional Reminders

  • Think Overwintering Veggies!
  • Hot-Weather Germination
  • No More Corn Planting
  • Summer Watering
  • Fertilize A Bit

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