Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Huntington's Fall Plant Sale
Don't miss the Fall Plant Sale at Huntington Gardens, October 14 and 15, from 10:30 to 4:30. Talk to local experts about mulching, pruning, dividing, overseeding lawns, pest control, and other fall gardening tasks. For an added bonus, come to the Thursday, October 12, 2:30 p.m. discussion by botanical staff members and garden volunteers about their favorite plants to be offered at the plant sale. Huntington Botanic Gardens is at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. For more info, call (626) 405-2100, or visit: http://www.huntington.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Triple Tire Treasures
Old tires can be used for much more than tree swings. Single ones filled with soil form small-scale raised beds. Use a porous mixture of potting mix for extra good drainage. Several tires stacked on top of one another form deep barrels for potatoes and tomatoes. Overlap tires up a slope, filling each with soil and planting ground cover for excellent reinforcement of unstable embankments or where there's little soil. The tires retain heat, resulting in late fall and early spring growth.

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