Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Solar Eclipse

National News

The next solar eclipse visible from the mainland U.S. won't happen until August 21, 2017. But if you're a gardener you won't have to wait that long. For horticultural, rather than astronomical...

Gardening for Stress Relief

You are never too old to reap the benefits of gardening. A new study had shown that cultivating plants is a great way for the elderly to relieve stress. And these anti-stress benefits are not...

Worried about Walnuts

Black walnuts (Juglans nigra) are stately forest trees that are found throughout the central and eastern parts of the U.S. from western Vermont in the east to northern Florida in the south,...

A Graveyard Mystery

Plants travel the world in a variety of ways. Some making the journey to a new location have the potential to spread invasively, creating big problems in their new homes. That's why Charles...

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In the Garden


The Truth About Olive Trees

Do you want the truth about olive trees (Olea europaea) ? Here it is; If you don't want olives, don't plant olive trees. Yes, I know that they are very sculptural, and their gray bark enhances a dark landscape. I know that the multiple trunks are...
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Favorite or New Plant

Chinese Pistache One of my very favorite garden trees is the Chinese pistache (Pistachia chinensis) . It is well...

Tool or Gardening Product

Therapik Therapik, a small, portable hand-held device confirmed by the FDA to deliver bug bite relief, is...
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Regional Reminders

  • Olive Control
  • Plant Spring Blooming Bulbs
  • String Holiday Lights in Citrus Trees
  • Select Winter Blooming Annuals
  • Weed Patrol

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