Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2003
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Culver City Garden Club Annual Show
The 50th Annual Culver City Garden Club Show will be held on Saturday, July 26, noon-5 p.m., and Sunday, July 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This free show and sale is a wonderful event. I always find something novel to purchase, and the sellers are just regular folks and local vendors who love to talk about their treasures. Anyone is welcome to enter plants for judging. Hourly door prizes add to the fun. For more information, contact Show Chairman Les Cooper at cooperl@ucla.edu or (310) 473-1820.

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Drying Onions and Garlic
Stop watering your garlic and bulb onions when the foliage begins to dry naturally. Bend the foliage to the ground to encourage the bulbs to form the dry outer layers that are necessary for long storage. Avoid bruising the bulbs during harvest, and cure them in single layers on slats or screens in a dry, shady, well-ventilated place. Make sure the necks of the bulbs are completely dry (crisp and papery) before clipping the foliage or bunching and tying the bulbs. Thick-necked onion varieties are more vulnerable to infection because they dry more slowly and less completely than thin-necked ones, so eat these first. Store the thoroughly dried onions in a shaded, cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Check them periodically, and eat any that show signs of spoilage.

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