Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Pink Annabelle Hydrangea

National News

The round white flower heads of the Annabelle mophead hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens ) are a favorite of many gardeners. The flowers are produced on new growth in summer and continue to bloom...

Growing Giant Pumpkins Organically

Fall is pumpkin time in the U.S. For a particular group of people, fall is all about giant pumpkins -- the enormous fruits that you see at country fairs and on the news. The current world record...

Houseplants Give Off VOCs, Too

It is common knowledge that houseplants can help clean the air. Many houseplants remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) deemed indoor air pollutants, such as toulene and xylene. These VOCs are...

New Low Maintenance Lawn Grass Variety

The Holy Grail for many home owners is a lawn that looks great but needs little maintenance, especially mowing. Well, for homeowners in cool parts of the country, there is a new grass variety that...

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In the Garden


Water Conservation

Oh my, everything is so dry. The native grasses are crackly from lack of moisture. The foliage on trees is muted with dust and creek beds are bone dry. Animals are coming out of rural woodlands in search of water. I saw a flock of thirsty Canada geese...
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Shows & Events

Living Stonework ne way to reduce water usage in your garden is to increase the hardscape. On Saturday, September...

Clever Gardening Technique

Open Clay Soil Use a spading fork to open the soil in hard-packed areas. Use your foot to drive the tines deep...
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Regional Reminders

  • Reduce Irrigation
  • Provide Water for Wildlife
  • Purchase Spring-Blooming Bulbs
  • Mulch Bearded Iris
  • Rose Care

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