Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Something New Under the Sun

National News

Coleus is great for adding bold, season-long color to garden beds and containers. And now you can get double the color in one easy "seed." Part of the Fuseables® line from Harris Seed, the new...

Arsenic and Old... Apple Juice?

Well, it's not old ladies spiking their homemade elderberry wine with arsenic, as they do in the classic play Arsenic and Old Lace, but it may be even more sinister. According to a new report...

Occupy Green/Red Chile

If you missed the opportunity to rally with protesters over corporate greed and economic inequality in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, here's your chance to join a new movement. Only this...

Black Olive

It may sound like an addition to the appetizer tray, but this 2012 All-America Selections winner is a pepper, and an outstanding ornamental one at that. Although its fiery hot fruits are edible,...

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In the Garden


Frost Protection and Other Winter Tasks

Tender trees and plants need protection from frost. For citrus, which don't go dormant, wrap trunks in newspaper, and cover the foliage with plastic sheeting. Support the plastic away from the foliage, as it conducts frost and the leaves it touches...
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Shows & Events

Rose Pruning On Saturday, January 7, from 9 am-12 noon, join the curator of the Arboretum's Victorian Rose...

Clever Gardening Technique

Clean Tools Thoroughly clean, sharpen, and oil tools, and apply linseed oil to wood handles. Store tools...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plastic Helps Germination
  • Feed Late-Winter Bloomers
  • Give Houseplants a Rest
  • Tarp That Compost!
  • Make Garden Notes

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