Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Growing Roses in Cold Climates

National News

The rose is considered by many to be queen of the flower garden, but for northern gardeners especially, she also has a reputation as a demanding diva. The newly revised and updated edition of...

Open Days in the Garden

What's one of the best -- and most enjoyable -- ways to get new ideas and learn about garden design? By visiting some great gardens, of course! That's the idea behind the Garden Conservancy's Open...

Name that Bird Song

One of the delights of gardening has nothing to do with the gardening itself. It is simply the joy at being outdoors, feeling the sun on your face (or maybe some rain at times!), watching bees and...

Invasive Species Surprises

Most gardeners in the Northeast remember the drenching that Tropical Storm Irene gave the region late last summer, and her effects are still being felt, sometimes in unexpected ways. Flooding was...

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In the Garden


Tomato Planting Time!

It is usually safe to plant your summer vegetable garden during the first week in May. The days are long and the soil is sufficiently warm to support warm weather crops such as tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, and squash. I know a lot of...
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Shows & Events

Free Plants for Community Gardens Local community gardens and community "greening" projects can win up to $2,000 in plants in the...


Women Gardeners To quote the New York Times, "Women, like weeds, are everywhere in gardening history." Women and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Container Irrigation Tips
  • Fertilize Early Blooming Perennials
  • Care for Roses
  • Calcium for Tomatoes
  • Care for Bearded Iris

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