Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Late Blight Tolerant Cherry Tomato

National News

Late blight has been a scourge for many tomato growers in eastern parts of the country in the last couple of years. This disease, caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytopthora infestans can...

Potting Soil Safety

Most of the bacteria you might encounter in potting soil and compost is of the beneficial variety, part of a community of microorganisms that helps to make nutrients available to plants and...

The Year of the Zinnia

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2011 to be the Year of the Zinnia. These easy to grow annuals not only provide season-long color, but are available in such a wide range of colors, heights...

Grafting Tomatoes

We've all probably heard of grafting fruit trees and roses, but tomatoes? Grafted tomatoes are becoming popular because they allow fruiting varieties that may not exhibit good disease resistance...

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In the Garden


Cutting Garden

Mrs. Henry likes to share flowers from her garden with friends and business associates. Hailing from Washington, DC, fresh flowers from the garden are a real treat for her during the winter months. It's rare when we don't have at least a handful of rose...
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Shows & Events

Bouquets to Art For five days, March 15-19, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, more than 150 innovative...


Bulbs Bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes are covered in Bulb by Anna Pavord (Mitchell Beazley, 2009)....
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Regional Reminders

  • Complete Dormant Season Pruning
  • Capture Rainwater for Indoor Plants
  • Irrigate Bearded Iris
  • Organize Garden Chemicals
  • Plant Astilbe

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