Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

2013 Perennial Plant of the Year

National News

If you are looking for an easy-to-grow plant that adds a touch of quiet elegance to a shady spot, the Perennial Plant Association's 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year is for you. Variegated...

A New Flower That Will "Blue" Your Mind

Blue is always a sought after color in the garden. For easy color in this hue all summer long, try the new hybrid dwarf morning glory Blue My Mind™ (Evolvulus 'USEVO1201') from Proven...

Pick a Mini-Pepper

Looking for something easy, colorful, and nutritious to pack in your lunch box? Grow the new 'Lunchbox Pepper Series' this season and you'll have an eye-catching array of red, orange, and yellow...

Show Off This Sugar Baby

Spring just wouldn't be spring in much of the country without the cheerful golden blossoms of forsythia heralding the start of a new season. But many landscapes don't have the space to accommodate...

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In the Garden

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Let There Be Apples!

If you only have room in your garden to grow one kind of food, let it be the apple. Apple trees are fairly easy to maintain, take little room and the fruit is extremely good for you. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," as the old saying goes, is...
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Resources

Books

Backyard Farming The Edible Landscape by Emily Tepe ( Voyageur Press, 2013, $24.95) is a guide to incorporating...

Clever Gardening Technique

Hand Pollination If there are not many pollinators out when your fruits and vegetables are blooming, simply lend a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Start Warm Season Crops from Seed
  • Mulch Blueberries with Pine Needles
  • Protect Ripening Strawberries
  • Plant Potatoes
  • Plant Citrus

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