Southern 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


Wreaths, Garlands, Valances, Table Decorations

Resplendent in fruits and leaves of the season, graced with velvet and ribbons, or simply highlighted with a solitary ornament, these glories are easy to make and wonderful to receive. Like giving certain flowers to imply messages -- love with a...
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Favorite or New Plant

Norfolk Island Pines and Colorful Plants Norfolk Island pines can become mini-Christmas trees, decked out with their own tiny lights and...

Clever Gardening Technique

Plastic as Chill and Frost Protection Use plastic sheeting to provide temporary light shade or to protect the southwest side of a plant...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Asparagus Crowns at Different Depths
  • Prune When No Leaves Left
  • Take Care When Transplanting
  • Clean up Garden Debris
  • Mine the Garden for Decorative Treasures

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