Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The New Sunset Western Garden Book

National News

Western gardeners know this book as their gardening bible. Since the 1930's, growers of all kinds of plants in the many diverse climate regions of the western U.S. have referred to this book for...

Sprinkle Faerie Dust in the Melon Patch

Summer just wouldn't be summer without enjoying the crisp, sweet taste of watermelon. But if the thought of this delectable treat conjures up the image of a large, oblong fruit with a green rind,...

Missing Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are beautiful visitors to our gardens, but over the last fifteen years there have been fewer and fewer making an appearance. During the winter of 2009-2010, the number of...

Make Your Own Wooden Bee Nest

Putting up bird houses so our feathered friends can find a place to raise their young is something lots of gardeners regularly do. But how about providing the same amenities to our native bees?...

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In the Garden

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Ground Covers

Ground covers are plants that have a specific job in the landscape. They are usually ignored, unless they are not performing up to snuff, and are looked upon as a backdrop for their more ornamental cousins. Ground covers are used in the landscape to...
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Resources

Books

Front Yard Gardening If you don't believe that landscape styles are changing just look around your own neighborhood....

Tool or Gardening Product

Deer Repellent Bobbex Deer Repellant is all natural. Made from a combination of ingredients that blend the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Wash Shrubs and Trees
  • Plant Perennial Cilantro
  • Transplant Cactus
  • Care for Blueberries
  • Compost Weeds Carefully

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