Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

South Pacific Canna

National News

It's not too early to begin planning next year's garden, so canna enthusiasts and those looking to add tropical flair to their gardens will be pleased to see the announcement of one of the 2013...

Seed Saving and Starting

Are you interested in developing a tomato that is bred to thrive in the particular conditions found in your own home garden by selecting and saving seeds each year? Maybe you'd like to save seeds...

Conserving Bumblebees

We hear a lot these days about colony collapse disorder and the problems facing honeybees. But many folks are not aware that our native bees are struggling as well. The nearly fifty species of...

Unraveling the Mysteries of Tomato Genetics

After years of work by scientists from around the world, the Tomato Genome Consortium announced that the full genome of the tomato has been decoded, specifically that of the variety 'Heinz 1706',...

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In the Garden


Clippings, Cuttings, Rootings, Sharings = Free Garden

In the waterless triangle at the bottom of our driveway, I've created a new drought-tolerant garden comprised of plants I've foraged from the rest of my garden and pieces shared by other gardeners. Oh, I do love freebies! The space used to be...
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Shows & Events

Tomato Tasting & Sizzlin' Summer Salsa Contest August 4th, 2012, 10am-2pm. Every year, The Fullerton Arboretum dares home gardeners to bring...

Clever Gardening Technique

Pantyhose on Grape Clusters Slip eight-inch sections of old pantyhose over grape clusters, tying the top and bottom with...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Tomatoes Every Three Days
  • Lift Fruit Off Soil
  • Place Melons on Metal Cans
  • Transplant More Summer Color
  • Mulch Gardens and Pathways

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