Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Song Bird Kale

National News

Ornamental kale is one of the best plants for adding long-lasting and easy-care color to the fall garden. These sturdy plants keep their good looks long after frost has finished off many autumn...

Downy Mildew of Impatiens

One of the standbys of the shade garden, impatiens has in the past been a pretty trouble-free plant in most situations. Unfortunately, a new disease has arrived on the scene that threatens...

Hardy Geraniums for Fall Color

When it comes to fall foliage colors, we usually think first of trees and shrubs. From the flaming reds, yellows, and oranges of maples to the rich red of chokeberry and the bright yellow of the...

Safe Tomato Canning

As summer winds down, many gardeners are saving the bounty of their vegetable gardens by canning tomatoes. And many of them are using the water bath canning method to process their jars. Water...

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In the Garden


The Caper Caper

Years ago, while I was still working as a gardener at Sunset Magazine, Dick Dunmire, one of the original editors of the Sunset Western Garden Book, asked if I would house sit while he and his wife went away on their annual two week vacation. My husband...
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Garden Design Best Garden Design by Chris Young (Firefly Books, 2010, $35) shares prize-winning designs from...

Favorite or New Plant

Lavender Lavender (Lavandula) is more than just a pretty face in the garden. It is an evergreen woody...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Chamomile
  • Propagate Succulents
  • Cultivate Soil
  • Renovate Turf Grass
  • Care for Citrus

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