Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Curly-Leaved Begonia

National News

Rex begonias are known for their large, highly textured, colorful leaves. This tropical, moisture-loving plant makes an excellent houseplant; outdoors, it’s commonly grown as an annual in all but...

New Targeted Herbicide Applicator

Removing weeds is not a fun chore. While there are many options for managing weeds in the lawn and landscape, some gardeners turn to an herbicide as a last resort for hard-to-kill weeds....

Royal Vegetable Garden

Not to be outdone by first lady Michelle Obama’s new vegetable garden at the White House, Queen Elizabeth II of England has, for the first time since World War II, had gardeners install a...

Salt-Stressed Broccoli More Nutritious?

Broccoli is a nutritious, cool-season crop and a popular ingredient in many recipes. It’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants (cancer-fighting compounds). Now researchers in Spain have found...

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In the Garden


Doing What I Love

Gardening is harder work than I remember. Perhaps it's because I'm older, or perhaps it's because I haven't been doing it for hours at a time over the last 10 years, but it is still just as rewarding and captivating as it always was. Starting My...
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Favorite or New Plant

Foxglove Foxglove ( Digitalis spp.) is a perennial plant that reseeds freely. It seems to do well in many...

Clever Gardening Technique

Cultivate Soil To prevent weeds from growing in garden beds, cultivate the soil frequently. Use a cultivation...
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Regional Reminders

  • Refresh Annuals
  • Fertilize Citrus
  • Fertilize Shade-Loving Plants
  • Control Mint
  • Calla Lily Care

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