Northern 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


Garden Installation

My dear friend Jean asked me to help her redo her father's front yard. The garden is located in South City where the wind has teeth. It was a typical front yard with a battered lawn, brick planter boxes full of weeds and a plastic seagull on an old...
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Shows & Events

Summer Gardening Fair The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society invites gardeners and garden-lovers to the Summer...

Web Finds

UC California Garden Web UC Cooperative Extension has launched a new California Gardening Web site featuring guidelines...
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Regional Reminders

  • Irrigation Check
  • Clean is Healthy
  • Rhododendron Tune Up
  • Maple Mulch
  • Plan Winter Gardens

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