Southern 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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"April Showers Bring May Flowers" - Already!

I"m thrilling at the rain and Easter egg colors outside my front window. The couple of goodly downpours we've had - finally! - have literally blossomed into an Easter basket of color. Lilac bletilla, yellow paperwhites (!), pink and red and white...
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Resources

Shows & Events

The Wild Mediterranean Food Garden: Ideas and Practical Methods for Resilient Urban Agriculture On Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 pm, in Friends' Hall at the Huntington Botanic Garden, Ecological...

Clever Gardening Technique

Milk or Water Gallon Jugs Clear plastic gallon jugs with their bottoms cut out and caps removed can be used in the garden...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Tomatoes
  • Wait To Plant Other Warm-Season Veggies
  • Plant Fruit Trees
  • Prune Frost Damage...or Wait
  • Clean Up Groundcovers

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