Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Say "Aloha" to Echinacea

National News

Can't make it to Hawaii for a vacation this year? You can at least bring a little island color into your garden this year with the new hybrid coneflower 'Aloha'. Bred by Terra Nova Nurseries, this...

Jammin' in the Garden

Deeply colored flowers can add a striking accent to garden beds and container plantings. And there are few that offer a more dramatic hue than Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry', one of the 2012...

Bats in Trouble

In 2006 a previously unknown disease was discovered killing bats in northern New York State. Since then the disease, now called white-nose syndrome for the symptom it causes in infected bats, has...

Thirsty Lawns

Here's a question for you. Which covers a greater acreage in the United States -- lawns or irrigated corn fields? If you guessed lawns, you got it right. According to a study published in the...

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In the Garden

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Persephone's Pain is Our Pleasure

One of my favorite winter fruits is the pomegranate (Punica granatum) . I have always loved the story of Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, who was abducted by Hades and carried down to the Underworld to become his wife. Because Persephone had eaten...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Registration for the Sunday, May 6, 2012 Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour is now open!...

Books

Herbs Nothing tastes better that good wholesome food made with the freshest ingredients and herbs that...
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Regional Reminders

  • Apply Water Where it Counts
  • Build a Moat to Water Young Trees
  • Match Watering Method to Soil Type
  • Cover Soaker Hoses
  • Use Back Flow Preventers

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