Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

2012 Urban Tree of the Year

National News

Generations ago, stately American elms lined the streets in many of our cities and towns, their arching branches creating a canopy of leafy shade. Then imported Dutch elm disease (DED) struck....

Tough Trees for Tough Sites

Trees growing in urban landscapes often have it tough. Compacted soils, reflected heat, planting sites with little soil, lack of water, interference from overhead wires, and lack of maintenance...

Urban Heat Island Effect

Cities are hot places; in fact, they can be islands of heat in the midst of a cooler regional environment. "Urban heat island" is a term that many of us may have heard of, but not fully...

Urban Farming

Trees aren't the only plants to grow in the city. As the interest in healthy eating, local foods, and sustainable agriculture grows, we see not only more and more home food gardening in city...

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In the Garden


Try Something New!

I was cruising around Golden Nursery in San Mateo last weekend with a friend when I came across some gorgeous black tomatoes growing on a trellis! The looked like gigantic South Sea pearls clinging to a vine. I found the owner of the nursery, who told...
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Insects With her usual sense of humor, Amy Stewart brings us an in depth look at the world of...

Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Pea November is the ideal time to plant seed for sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) . Sweet peas are...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Kale
  • Plant Garlic
  • Plant Leeks
  • Continue Watering
  • Select Spring Blooming Bulbs

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