Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Gardening Made Easy with Seed Collections

National News

It's always lots of fun to browse through seed catalogs and peruse the racks of seeds at the garden store, marveling at the diversity and beauty of all the varied plants you can grow. But...

Please Don't Share the Daisies

We all know how important it is to wash out hands frequently to avoid sharing germs and spreading illnesses. But who would have guessed that bees might be at risk from germ sharing as they fly...

The Cat's Meow of Catmints

Catmints are longtime perennial favorites in the flower garden. Members of the genus Nepeta , they are dependable, long-blooming, and trouble-free, come in a range of sizes and colors, have...

A Rainbow of Color in the Vegetable Garden

With the increasing interest in edible landscaping and the "food, not lawns" approach to cultivation, gardeners want their food gardens not only to be a bountiful source of fresh produce but to...

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In the Garden


Pruning Fruit Trees and Vines

During dry weather, take care of pruning fruit trees before mid-February when the blossom buds turn color. If you miss that deadline, try to prune as soon as possible since the sap will begin to flow. For deciduous fruit trees, pruning accomplishes...
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Shows & Events

39th Annual Camellia Show and Sale On Saturday, February 12 (1-4:30pm) and Sunday, February 13 (10:30am-4:30pm), hundreds of...

Clever Gardening Technique

Dirty Walls? Apply a layer of mulch over soil that is close to the house or in a windowbox to prevent mud from...
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Regional Reminders

  • Spray Fruit Trees with Dormant Oil
  • Use Grape Prunings to Make New Plants
  • Start Tomato and Pepper Seeds Indoors
  • Don't Prune Spring Bloomers
  • Wait to Trim Frost Damage

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