Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Bare Roots: Their Mysteries Revealed
Learn how to care for strawberries, blackberries, peaches, almonds, and other dormant, bare-root plants at a talk by Tony Kienitz on February 4, 10 a.m. to noon, at Descanso Gardens. Tony's book, The Year I Ate My Yard, has been excerpted in the LA Times. Registration required; $15 members, $18 non-members. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada. For info, call (818) 949-7980, or visit: http://www.descansogardens.org

Clever Gardening Technique

Clear Milk Jugs to the Rescue
Provide frost and pest protection of just-germinated seedlings with mini-greenhouses made from clear plastic milk or water jugs with their caps removed and their bottoms cut off. Place the jugs over the seedlings after the seedbed or tray has been watered well. Press the jugs about 1/2 inch into the soil to prevent the entry of pests such as cutworms at the soil level, and to lessen the chance of the jug being blown away during windy gusts. Remove the jugs when the foliage begins to crowd the jug, or when night temperatures are above 50 degrees.

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