Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Devilishly Good Ninebark

National News

Plants with purple foliage are great for adding some drama to the garden. And dusky-leaved cultivars of ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) are some of the best choices for adding color...

Borers Get Burned with Fire Gel

Among the most troublesome pests for peach growers are peachtree borers. These larvae of clearwing moths attack the roots of the trees or, in the case of the lesser peachtree borer, the...

Defying Late Blight

A couple of summers ago, many gardeners in the East were devastated to find their once healthy tomato plants dying within a matter of days. What started as a few water-soaked spots on the leaves...

Chiming in on Bellflowers

Few groups of flowering plants show the diversity of the bellflower clan, or campanulas. With bell-shaped, tubular or star-shaped flowers in shades of blue, white, pink, and red, they have growth...

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In the Garden


Happy Hummers

Have you ever kept a hummingbird feeder in your garden? Before moving onto the boat we always kept a feeder full of clean sugar syrup and thoroughly enjoyed the antics of these tiny feathered "star fighters." They are bold creatures and will become...
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Web Finds

Hummingbirds Hummingbirds has everything you need to know about attracting hummers to your garden or patio.


Urban Wildlife Gary Bogue, author of The Raccoon Next Door: Getting Along with Urban Wildlife (Heyday Books,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Cultivate Soil
  • Mulch Roses
  • Use Tin Cans for Tender Celery
  • Partner Carrots and Radishes
  • Combine Tomatoes and Asparagus

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