Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Perennial Plant of the Year

National News

Each year the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) chooses an easily grown, widely adapted perennial with multi-season interest as its Perennial Plant of the Year. Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack...

Casting Votes, Saving Rivers

River Network is an organization devoted to saving one of the earth's most precious resources -- fresh water. Population growth, climate change, stormwater-caused pollution, and wetland...

Overfed and Undernourished

Here's an alarming statistic. According to a nationwide dietary survey conducted by researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, ″For...

Fighting Plant Viruses with Biomarkers

When you have a pest or disease outbreak in your garden, it may feel like the insects or microorganisms have the upper hand. But scientists are working hard to fight back in ways that are...

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In the Garden


Want to Bet That's the End of Winter?

My newly planted Gold Nugget Mandarin and Midnight Seedless Valencia are looking very pleased with themselves, all perky and shiny green with this perfect spring weather of temperatures in the high 70s and brilliantly cloudless days. Sadly, still...
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Shows & Events

Tomatomania! Tomatomania will be happening on many upcoming dates and in many locations. Go to...

Clever Gardening Technique

Old Silverware Becomes Transplanting Tools An old fork or spoon will separate and lift seedlings gently from flats, and the handle (or...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Trees Properly for Good Root Growth
  • Give Green Manures Time to Decay
  • Add Organic Matter, Not Sand, to Loosen Clay Soil
  • Make Sure Irrigation Water Reaches Plant Roots
  • Start Another Batch of Lettuces!

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