Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Heirloom Green Tomato

National News

Many gardeners grow heirloom tomatoes for their taste, unusual shape, and beauty. With the reintroduction of old-fashioned varieties, you can now grow tomatoes from around the world. Some are as...

Unique, Twisted Houseplant

This time of year it’s good to have easy-care houseplants around. In most parts of the country, winter is in full swing and having a touch of indoor greenery helps brighten any day. While many...

New Colorful Perennial Flower

There’s one word that aptly describes Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ flowers: intense. This new perennial features stunning orange, 4-inch-diameter leaves that don’t fade with the summer heat and...

Easy-to-Clean Bird Feeder

Winter is for bird feeding. However, it’s important to keep your feeder clean and disease-free for our feathered friends to enjoy. Bird seed left out in the rain can get moldy and harbor...

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In the Garden


Winter Dormant Pruning

Now through mid-February is still prime time to prune roses and deciduous fruit trees. However, some gardeners -- especially beginners -- prefer to delay a bit, waiting until the new green sprouts indicate exactly where to trim. If you're one of these...
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Favorite or New Plant

Amaryllis Caring for a gift amaryllis so it will bloom again is easy. After it's through blooming, cut off...

Clever Gardening Technique

Cultivate So Pests Perish Periodically rough up soil surfaces to bring overwintering pests and their egg cases to die of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Dormant Spraying
  • Plant Bare-Root Fruits and Nuts
  • Plant Your Gift Poinsettias
  • Cutting Back Crape Myrtles
  • Hold Off Pruning Spring Bloomers

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