Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Weekend Homesteader

National News

Are you ready to move your food gardening up a notch, cut your grocery bills, and have a healthier diet? You can do all this with advice from Anna Hess in her new book, The Weekend Homesteader: A...

Celebrate Food Day

As gardeners, many of us appreciate and experience the benefits of fresh, healthful, and sustainably grown food. But unfortunately not everyone in this country has access to these benefits. That's...

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

There's a new pest on the block and it's raising quite a stink. Brown marmorated stink bugs are pests that were first found in this country in the late 1990s, presumably having hitched a ride in...

Purple Pearls

For a distinctive note of color in your fall garden, add this new beautyberry hybrid to your landscape. A cross between Callicarpa dichotema and Callicarpa kwantungensis, Purple Pearls™...

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In the Garden


Create a Succulent Dish Garden

One of my many jobs as a gardener at Sunset Magazine was to tend the hundreds of indoor plants. I enjoyed that part of my job because it meant I got to know everybody as I carried my watering can throughout the buildings. Sunset is known as the...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Water Potted Plants by Submersion The best way to water potted plants is to submerge them in a large bucket full of water. Indoor...

Favorite or New Plant

Orchid Cactus My very favorite succulent plant is the orchid cactus (Epiphyllum spp). It is native to rain...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pinch Coleus Flowers
  • Groom Fruit Trees
  • Remove Long Whips from Wisteria
  • Pass the Weeds, Please
  • Protect Plant from Deer

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