Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Successful Freezing

National News

Now is the season when our vegetable gardens are overflowing with fresh produce. It's also a time when many gardeners preserve some of this bounty to enjoy the rest of the year. One of the most...

Growing Public

Have you ever looked at a vacant lot, an expanse of grass around a school or municipal building, or an under-used area of a park and thought, "Food could be grown there."? Using public land to...

Bad News for Bees is Bad News for Flowers

It's not news that bees are in trouble. And not just honeybees. Declines in native populations of wild bees have been noted as well. This could present a serious problem for the many...

Joy in the Garden

Late summer and fall is when sedums really shine in the garden. These easy care plants bring color and texture to the late season garden. An exciting addition to the sedum line-up is 'Pure Joy', a...

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In the Garden


Powdery Mildew Season

It's powdery mildew season. Warm days followed by cool nights are the perfect growing environment for this fungal disease. Identify powdery mildew by the white or gray powder-like coating on the surface of the leaves. While rarely fatal to plants, the...
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Shows & Events

Habitat Gardening Workshop There are many ways to enhance the wildlife value of any garden. In workshop at the San Francisco...

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

  • Keep Deadheading Agapanthus
  • Rake Garden Beds
  • Prune and Fertilize Rhododendrons
  • Mulch Maples
  • Start Seeds for Winter Annuals

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