Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Sunshine Daydream

National News

Like many gardeners these days, rose gardeners are often interested in caring for their favorite plants with as few pesticides as possible. So it is encouraging to see that Sunshine...

A Better Burning Bush?

Burning bush, Euonymus alatus , has become a popular landscape plant in many parts of the country, especially valued for its easy care and vivid red fall color. Unfortunately, it is also a...

Good Golly, Miss Molly!

Who doesn't love seeing the bright colors of butterflies flitting through the garden? And there are few plants that are better at attracting these visitors than buddleia or butterfly bush. Its...

Climate Resources for Gardeners

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS, is a non-profit, community-based network of volunteers who work together to measure and map precipitation of all kinds, with...

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In the Garden


Starting Fall and Winter Edibles

In the summer, I'm a tomato fiend, with 20 to 30 varieties growing in my garden. During the winter I'm a lettuce fiend. Adding the beets, chards, kales, kohlrabi, cauliflower, spinach, pak choi, peas, cilantro, and parsley, I'm depending on another 30...
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Shows & Events

UC Riverside Plant Sale Saturday, October 22, 12 noon to 4 pm; and Sunday, October 23, 9 am to 3 pm. Nearly 10,000...

Clever Gardening Technique

Knife as Planting or Harvesting Tool An old paring or putty knife can be used to cut transplants out of a flat or to aid harvesting.
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Regional Reminders

  • Sample Broccoli Choices
  • Plant Garlic Now for Huge Heads in Spring
  • Harvest Potatoes Now or Leave Them
  • Plan for Posies With Bulb Blooms
  • Change the Frequency, not the Duration of Irrigation

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