Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

21st Century Greens

National News

As the world population soars toward a predicted peak of around 9 billion by the middle of this century, the global food system falls short both in providing adequate nutritional support to many...

The National Heirloom Exposition

If you are one of the many gardeners interested in growing heirloom vegetables, fruits, and flowers, you can find out more by attending the National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County...

Orchids are Tops

What is the highest value floriculture crop these days? According to an article in the July 2011 issue of Greenhouse Grower, it's no longer poinsettias. As noted in the USDA's Floriculture Crops...

Bronze Birch Borer Resistance

The bronze birch borer is a native insect that can weaken and kill birches in landscape plantings. While trees that are stressed by dry soil are most vulnerable, different species of birches have...

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In the Garden


The Forgotten Land

The side yard is a forgotten waste land, at least at Henry's house where I do almost all of my gardening these days. The side yard is where we store the pots and extra bags of soil and other stuff we don't want anybody to see. When I started...
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Web Finds

Sidewalk Landscapes Convert the curb strip in front of your home into a garden. Learn about low cost sidewalk permits...


Sustainable Living The sustainable living movement is moving toward the home gardener. Keeping hens, growing your...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Autumn Blooming Bulbs
  • Water Wisely
  • Protect Beneficial Insects from Ants
  • Enjoy Compost Tea Time
  • Hand Pollinate

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