Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Snow in Summer

National News

Sweet alyssum ( Lobularia ) is such a versatile plant, it deserves a spot in just about every garden. Its frothy mounds of flowers look great as an edging plant, in a hanging basket or trailing...

Composting Made Easy

Adding compost to your soil is one of the best ways to improve growing conditions in any garden. Compost helps to lighten heavy soil, increase the water-holding capacity of sandy soils, encourage...

Back-Friendly Gardening

Gardening is great exercise, but all the bending and stooping needed as you weed, prune and plant can take its toll on your back. For those of us whose backs aren’t as strong as they once were, a...

Greencare for Troops

Greencare for Troops is a nationwide outreach program coordinated by the non-profit organization Project Evergreen, whose mission is to preserve and enhance green space in communities across the...

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In the Garden


Winter Boltings and Spring Beginnings

Some of the veggies that we've been eating from all winter are beginning to bolt (send up their seed stalks) with the warmth of the last several weeks, so I've been on the lookout at nurseries for more seedlings. But, several of the 6-packs I...
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Shows & Events

Poppy Day Plant Sale and Open House Saturday, March 27, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Theodore Payne Foundation's annual spring sale offers...

Clever Gardening Technique

Garden Carryall Use a shallow, compartmented plastic basket with a handle as a garden carryall for seed packets,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Six Hours Is Good, Eight Hours is Better
  • Gentle Seedlings
  • Broccoli Harvesting
  • Asparagus Harvesting
  • Planting Summer Bloomers

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