Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Pinch of Salt for Tasty Tomatoes?

National News

A tomato ripe from the garden needs little more than a sprinkling of salt to make it a mouthwatering treat. But could a pinch of salt while it's still in the ground make it even tastier?...

Getting the Lead Out

As interest in eating locally grown and organic foods increases, so does the number of urban food gardens. Whether in backyards or community garden plots, more and more urban residents are trying...

Ideal Inkberries

More and more gardeners are turning to native plants for their landscapes. One such choice is the adaptable inkberry ( Ilex glabra ), a broad-leafed holly with glossy, deep green leaves and white...

Finding Farmers Markets

We can all benefit from the taste and nutrition of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. But if you can't grow your own, or you don't have the space to grow all you need, a farmers market brimming...

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In the Garden

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Bugs Be Gone!

I recently made a trip up to Paradise. Not the one in heaven - the one that's up by Chico. Dear friends have a beautiful second home there and I was invited to spend the weekend with them in the mountains. My usual stomping ground is pretty much bug...
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Resources

Books

Seed Saving Basic Seed Saving by Bill McDorman (ISBN 978-0-615-33231-4) Seeds Trust, Cornville Arizona...

Clever Gardening Technique

Tomato Horn Worm If you have ever seen a tomato horn worm, you know they are impressive with their multiple "eyes"...
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Regional Reminders

  • Wild Fire Preparation
  • Fertilize Hydrangeas
  • Groom Daylilies
  • Cultivate Soil
  • Propagate Chrysanthemum for Fall Planting

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