Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Selecting the Best Roses

National News

Part of the mission of the American Rose Society (ARS) is the evaluation of newly-released roses. After three years of assessment, each rose is assigned a rating that is included in their annually...

Avoiding the Mummy's Curse

Blueberries are a popular fruit for home gardeners. They are generally easy to grow and the berries are delicious and highly nutritious. But sometimes the mature berries shrivel up, turning gray...

Don't Baby Your Basil

Most gardeners know that many perennial herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage are most flavorful when grown in lean soil without a lot of fertility. But more fertile soil has often been...

Leaf Collection Made Easy

Soon gardeners in many parts of the country will begin that traditional fall chore- raking up leaves. While a few leaves can just be mown over to return organic matter to the soil, large amounts...

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In the Garden


Ornamental Grasses

You see them everywhere - in median strips along El Camino Real, along the freeway, in private and public landscapes, even in the wild. Ornamental grasses are being used heavily these days because they will tolerate stress in the form of drought, poor...
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Ornamental Grasses The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses by John Greenlee (ISBN 0-87596-100-2) is an excellent...

Favorite or New Plant

Orange Hook Sedge One of my favorite ornamental grasses is Orange Hook Sedge ( Ucinia egmontiana ). I like to use...
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Regional Reminders

  • Reset Automatic Sprinklers
  • Plant Winter Crops
  • Plant Onions and Garlic
  • Plant Citrus
  • Herbs from Cuttings

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