Northern 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



With a small budget and a little creative foresight you can enhance the entry to you home. The entry to any home says volumes about who lives there. I am always after my dear husband to keep the clutter to a minimum in the small cockpit of our trawler....
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Favorite or New Plant

Dusty Miller Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) is one of several silver foliage plants that do very well in...

Shows & Events

Summer Garden Tour Explore seven private gardens in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Oakland, and Piedmont, open for...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prepare for Fire Season
  • Check Irrigation Systems
  • Save Egg Shells for Tomatoes
  • Harvest Onions and Garlic
  • Harvest Basil in the Morning

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