Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2000
Regional Report

Local Buzz

Plants for Beauty and Pest Control
Gardeners knows that beneficial insects such as lady bugs help maintain the natural balance in a garden. Gardeners in Southern California are creating more plantings that attract beneficials to their garden. Whether individual flowers or wildflower mixes such as "Border Patrol," these plantings are a great way to ensure protection of fall-planted flowers and vegetables by bringing in the good guys early. All it takes is loosening up the soil in a sunny area, scattering the seeds evenly, raking or covering lightly with soil mix, watering in, and sprinkling twice a week till they come up. Blooming starts in a month and a half.

Shows & Events

Urban Gardener Workshops
Two sets of Urban Gardener Workshops are being offered by the University of California. Basic gardening tips, techniques, hands-on activities, basic vegetable preparation, and preservation will be some of the topics covered. The dates are October 14 & 21 and October 28 & November 4, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The cost is $2/day, plus $3/manual. The classes are sponsored by University of California Cooperative Extension Common Ground Garden Program and taught by Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers. For more information on the location, call (323) 838-4540 or e-mail gjmitche@ucdavis.edu.



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