Southern 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


A Very Nutritious Weed: Purslane

The first time I became aware that purslane had some culinary/nutritional value was from some Hispanic Master Gardeners on a tour of my garden. I'd just pulled up a pileful of purslane from the bare pathways and other low-maintenance areas where they...
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Web Finds

UC PestNotes Series, Including Purslane The University of California's Integrated Pest Management website provides a series of PestNotes....

Clever Gardening Technique

Plastic Gallon Jugs Become Mini-Greenhouses Cut off the bottoms of plastic gallon jugs, use the tops as mini-greenhouses, and use the bottoms...
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Regional Reminders

  • Push Still-Ripening Veggies
  • Primary Anti-Pest Technique
  • Last Feeding for Strawberries
  • Cut Back Bloomed-Out Plants
  • Then Root the Cuttings

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