Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Grow Fruit Naturally

National News

If you are home gardener growing or thinking about growing fruit, you might fantasize about having an expert like horticulturist and garden writer Lee Reich out in your garden with you, dispensing...

Summer Jewels

Annual salvias are real troupers in the garden. No prima donnas, they are tolerant of dry soil, and boom prolifically in full sun. One of the best is Salvia 'Summer Jewel Pink', a 2012 All-America...

The Value of Bees

All gardeners know that bees are valuable creatures without which many of the food plants we depend on would not bear fruit or seeds. But do you know just how valuable they are? According to a...

Plants and Noise Pollution

Well, corn may have ears, but we know it can't hear! So it seems on the surface that noise in the environment should have little effect on plants. But a recent study done around noisy gas wells in...

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In the Garden


Garden Is In Full Swing!

May planting is for the heat-lovers -- the vegetables and flowers that thrive and bloom and set fruit more lustily when the weather's hot and sunny. Earlier in spring and later in fall, we coddle them to stretch the seasons, but now is when they grow...
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Shows & Events

Fairy Festival Garden fairies are invited to the San Diego Botanic Garden on Saturday, June 23, from 10 am-1:30...

Clever Gardening Technique

Label Shortcut For handy labels on fertilizer containers, use masking tape. Stick a strip of the tape onto a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Inoculate Bean Seeds
  • Plant Corn in Blocks
  • Fertilize Established Fruit Trees
  • Pinch for Bushier Mums
  • Go Easy Using Manure

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