Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Safe Food Preservation

National News

Are you still putting up pickles the way your Aunt Agatha always did? Do you can your beans and tomatoes the way your mother showed you years ago? Although these passed-down recipes and techniques...

Cast Your Vote

Would you like to help pick this year's American Garden Award (AGA) winner and learn about some exciting new plants at the same time? The AGA, administered by the All-America...

Garden to Plate Safety

Handling fruits and vegetables safely doesn't just apply to preservation methods. It starts right when we harvest our fresh produce. Keeping food safe from garden to plate is especially important...

Love Em and Leave Em

It won't be too much longer before leaves begin to change color and fall in many parts of the country. Unfortunately, all that organic matter falling to earth is too often raked up and discarded,...

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In the Garden


Exploring the Wonders of the Berkeley Botaincal Garden

I made a visit to the Berkeley Botanical Garden this week. Kudos to the gardeners there who keep the weeds at bay and still manage to maintain a magnificent collection of plants from all around the world. For those of you who have not been there, the...
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Favorite or New Plant

Hops I am having great success with a hop plant that I planted in a friend's garden last spring. It is...

Clever Gardening Technique

Semi Hardwood Cuttings Summer is the ideal time to take semi-hardwood cuttings from roses. When leaves are mature and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Irrigate Permanent Plantings
  • Groom Roses
  • Pick Peas
  • Water Longer and Less Frequently
  • Pick up Fallen Fruit

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