Northern 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


The Art of Pruning Evergreens

Alas, my dear friend Jean is a wonderful gardener, but a terrible pruner. She doesn't have the eye for thinning an overgrown shrub or for shaping one that has grown too large for its location. Admittedly, pruning is an art, but even a blind man could...
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Shows & Events

Docent Lead Garden Tours Gamble Garden Center in Palo Alto is offering docent-led garden tours. The guided tours of the...


Growing Heirloom Vegetables The Heirloom Life Gardener The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company has released a marvelous book...
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Regional Reminders

  • Select Plants that Attract Beneficial Insects
  • Pruning Tip for Caning Plants
  • Prune Evergreen Shrubs for Shape
  • Remove Suckers from Deciduous Plants
  • Make Correct Pruning Cuts

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