Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Balloon Flower Trial

National News

Balloon flowers ( Platycodons grandiflorus ) are beautiful summer-blooming perennials that come in a range of flower colors including, pink, white, and blue. They grow to a height of about 3 feet...

New California Lilac Has Colorful Foliage

Ceanothus is known as the California lilac. This shrub is hardy only in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, in those areas it grows 8 feet tall and wide and produces lavender-colored flowers from...

Smelly Compost Pile? Just Add Water

Composting is a great way to reduce household and yard organic waste and create a good soil amendment for your garden. While the materials in a well constructed compost pile will break down...

Illustrated Guide to Gardening Now Organic!

The Illustrated Guide to Gardening has been a gardening bible for many for years. Originally published in 1970s, this book has been the mainstay for many a gardener across the country. The All...

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In the Garden

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Less-Common Bloomies For the Gloomies

Some less commonly depended-upon perennials provide respite from winter blahs, and they get bigger and better from year to year. Bergenia ( B. crassifolia ) has tiny white-to-pink-to-rose-to-purple blossoms standing above great rounds of wavy, textured...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration On Sunday, January 10, 1-4pm, at the Frances Young Hall, South Coast Botanic Garden, Certified...

Clever Gardening Technique

Two Calendars -- One Just for Gardening! Make notes on last year's garden while your memory is still fresh. Your initial choices,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Veggies to Transplant
  • Asparagus Depth
  • Prune After Leaves Fall
  • Dormant Fruit Tree Spray
  • Protect Compost Pile Nutrients

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