Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Cool Peppers for Cool Climates

National News

Peppers are heat lovers, no doubt about that. They relish a long season of warmth. But gardeners in areas with short growing seasons love peppers, which is why many are always on the lookout for...

Peak Phlox Performance

Garden phlox, when well grown, is one of the glories of the midsummer garden, its large heads of flowers adding color, fragrance, and stature to flower beds as the many early summer blooming...

Project BudBurst

It may still be cold in many parts of the country, but we've turned the corner toward springtime and the days are getting longer. It won't be too much longer before buds are bursting out all over....

Celebrating Urban Birds

Want to learn more about how you can help birds in urban environments, participate as a citizen scientist in the study of these feathered creatures, or simply celebrate their presence amidst all...

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In the Garden


Prepare for Drought

The forecasters are predicting another serious drought for the 2012 season. December and January were the driest ever recorded since experts have been keeping these kinds of statistics. No measurable rain and no snow pack in the Sierras means that we...
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Step by Step Gardening The experts at Better Homes and Gardens have come up with Gardening Made Simple (Wiley, 2011,...

Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Olive That heavenly fragrance you detect on a cold winter morning is probably from a nearby sweet olive...
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Regional Reminders

  • Choose Rugosa Roses for Seaside Locations
  • Schedule Pruning
  • Prune Deciduous Shrubs
  • Cut Back Overgrown Buddleja
  • Prune Summer Blooming Clematis Now

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