Northern 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


Create a Cactus Haven

Winter may seem like an odd time to be talking about a cactus garden, but a well tended succulent bed adds interest and texture to a sunny corner any time of year. Besides being extremely drought tolerant, cactus and succulent plants are both beautiful...
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Web Finds

Ruth Bancroft Garden The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek is famous for the huge collection of cacti and...

Clever Gardening Technique

Remove Cactus Thorns with Rubber Cement To remove small cactus thorns from fingertips, use rubber cement. Thorns from the opuntia plant...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sharpen Tools
  • Recycle and Reuse!
  • Turn Saucers Upside Down
  • Maintain Automatic Irrigation Clocks
  • Plant Cover Crops

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