Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Half a Plate of Produce

National News

"Make half the food on your plate fruits and vegetables." Following this tip is an easy way to bring your diet in line with the USDA's recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 ....

Killing Weeds Organically

Many gardeners prefer to steer clear of chemical herbicides, yet are looking for ways to make weed control easier. There are a number of organic herbicide products on the market these days. Are...

Vulnerable Viburnums

In the early 1990s, a previously unknown fungus-like organism called Phytopthora ramorum was discovered infecting rhododendrons and viburnums in parts of Europe. Then this same organism was...

Get Ready for Hijinks this Halloween

Halloween, that holiday of tricks and treats, may seem a long way away as winter cold and snow still covers much of country. But it's not too early to be planning your hijinks -- in the form of...

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In the Garden


Something's Always New In the Garden

I hope you'll try something new in your garden this year to add to the tried-and-true dependables that your family loves and wants you to continue growing. Even if just for adventure's and curiosity's sake, add a new variety or whole new vegetable,...
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Shows & Events

Talk and Book Signing: From Seed to Skillet Saturday, February 26, 11:30am. Local favorites -- Jimmy Williams, who sells his vegetable...

Clever Gardening Technique

Pencil and String As Planting Aids A lead pencil provides two approaches to sowing seeds. For smaller seeds, moisten the lead end,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Last Winter Pruning
  • Paint Deciduous Tree Trunks
  • Plant Potatoes in Well-Prepared Soil
  • Choose the Right Carrots for your Soil
  • Feed Fruit Trees and Bloomers

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