Southern 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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Cilantro or Coriander or Mexican Parsley or Chinese Parsley?

It's all the same Coriandrum sativum. The green, leafy part is the herb cilantro, frequently used in Mexican and Chinese cuisine. The dried seed pod is called coriander, usually used as a spice in baking and desserts. It's one of the most ancient...
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Resources

Shows & Events

California Natives Spring Walk Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m., Rachel Young, California Natives horticulturist, will lead an...

Clever Gardening Technique

Small Garbage Bucket Use a lightweight plastic garbage or paint bucket -- or 5-gallon plant container -- to haul...
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Regional Reminders

  • Last Chance to Plant Bareroot
  • Feed Fruit Trees
  • Prevent Sunburn in Winter
  • Feed Everything!
  • Keep Mowing Lawns

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