Southern 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


Sow Lots of Veggie Seeds in Both Pots and In Soil

Our family is loving all the lettuce and broccoli -- and even a cauliflower or two -- that are producing in the garden from fall plantings. I do love this payoff and feel economically smug as we eat huge nightly salads that would cost a couple of...
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Shows & Events

Sustainable Landscaping On Saturday, March 26, from 9:30am to 1pm, Los Angeles County Master Gardener Elizabeth Sala will...

Clever Gardening Technique

Trash Collectors Place a few buckets or five gallon nursery containers throughout the garden as handy waste...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Lots of Lettuce!
  • Start Herbs with Seeds or Purchased Plants
  • Use Herbs as Landscape Plants
  • Prune Roses First by Hand!
  • Mow Lawns Properly

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