Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Island Time at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

National News

Although enthusiasm is a job requirement when overseeing the world's largest indoor flower show, show designer Sam Lemheney practically levitates when talking about Hawaii: Islands of Aloha ....

New Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA has released the long-awaited, updated version of its hardiness zone map, giving some areas of the country new zone designations. The new 2012 map is based on temperature data from the...

Lyme Disease on the Move

A new research study by the Yale School of Public Health shows that Lyme disease is on the move. A map showing the areas of highest risk for Lyme disease infection in the U.S. is part of the study...

Changing the Rules Because of Oak Wilt

For years gardeners were counseled to paint over tree wounds and pruning cuts to seal them. This seemed like a logical course of action, like putting a bandage over a scraped knee. It wasn't until...

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In the Garden


Blooming In My Garden Now

I had hoped, with last November's early and significant rain, that we'd have a moister and cooler winter, giving the garden a good rest and replenishment. But our continued warmth and dryness has meant that trees and flowers are blooming sooner than I...
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Tool or Gardening Product

Hand Lotion! Give your hands a moisturizing treatment as you garden by lavishly spreading them with hand...

Clever Gardening Technique

WHEELbarrow! Make your wheelbarrow support its own loads by adding wheels to the rear legs. Anchor two small...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Potatoes
  • Choose Carrots to Match Soil
  • Plant Tiny Seed Successfully
  • Plant Bulbs For Early Summer Color
  • Make the Last Dormant Pruning

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