Northern 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

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Vive La Difference!

Home again, home again, jiggity jig! I am just home from visiting with my mum in North Carolina. I try to make the trip twice a year, since neither of us are getting any younger. Leaving California and stepping off the plane in Asheville is always...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

'Ruby Glow' Tea Tree I can't think of a plant that is better suited to our climate than the tea tree (Leptospermum) ....

Books

Hardy Plants for Arid Climates Dryland Gardening by Jennifer Bennett (Firefly Books, 2005) was written for gardeners dealing...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Thyme
  • Grow Vegetables Vertically
  • Propagate Hydrangeas
  • Protect Hoses
  • Prune Spring Blooming Shrubs

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