Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Healthy Lawns and Healthy Lakes

National News

Runoff containing the nutrient phosphorus from fertilizer use is a big contributor to algal blooms and the resulting oxygen depletion in many lakes, rivers and streams. As a result, some states...

Bizarre, Incredible and Beautiful

From pollen to seeds to fruits, you'll see the intricacies of plant reproduction in a whole new way as you peruse the fantastic photographic images in The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants...

The Best Veronicas

There is an incredible variety of speedwells ( Veronica ) for a gardener to choose from, with new offerings from breeders every year. How to choose from among all this horticultural largesse? The...

Invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is a beetle native to Asia that was accidentally introduced into the U.S. less than a decade ago. It is thought to have arrived in wooden packing materials brought in by ship...

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In the Garden


Garden Reinforcement Before Summer Stays Hot

Feed all plants with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer containing micro-nutrients in addition to the basic nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash/potassium (N-P-K). Well-nourished plants not only develop into stronger plants and produce more flowers...
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Favorite or New Plant

It's OK To Love Your Bit of Lawn! You can use less water and still have a beautiful lawn. Water early in the morning, preferably...

Clever Gardening Technique

Chicken-Wire Rack as Horizonal Trellis Make a raised rack as a horizontal trellis for vining crops. Fasten chicken wire to a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Follow Heavy-Feeders With Lighter Ones
  • Efficient Veggies
  • Concentrate Melon Sweetness
  • Shape Hedges
  • Night-Blooming Cereus

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