Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Blazing Good Pepper

National News

Nutritionists encourage us to include lots of colorful, fresh produce in our diets. Ripe sweet bell peppers in an array of colors, from yellow and orange to red and purple, are a tasty way to do...

Pollinator-Friendly Gardening

Are you concerned about the decline in both honeybees and native pollinators? Want to know what you can do to help? The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research has a helpful website with lots of...

Journey to Shangri-La

What is it about the first flowers of spring that make them so delightful? Maybe it the sight of color in the garden after the long month of winter that makes us revel so in the blossoms of...

Allergies Worsen Along with Climate Change

A newly released study by the USDA confirms what many allergy sufferers may have suspected. "Ragweed pollen in some parts of the northern United States and Canada now lingers almost a month longer...

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In the Garden

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Adding Holiday Amaryllises and Poinsettias To Your Garden

An amaryllis that's just finished blooming can be grown as an evergreen, indoors or out, through the fall and encouraged to bloom again next winter. The bloomed-out stalk can be cut off about an inch above where it emerges from the bulb or allowed to...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Sustainable Landscaping for Southern California On Thursday, March 10, from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail...

Clever Gardening Technique

Hand Lotion To Prevent Soil-Dried Hands Give your hands a moisturizing treatment as you garden by lavishly spreading them with hand...
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Regional Reminders

  • Get Bareroot Plants in the Ground
  • Protect the Soil When Transplanting
  • Prevent Damping-off
  • Plant Spring Bloomers
  • Get Weeds While They're Tiny

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