Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

The ABCs of Great Gardening
Steve Gerischer teaches a weekend series on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 2 to 4 pm., at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. January 21 is on bare-root plants and pruning; February 11 is on warm-season bulbs and starting seeds and cuttings; and March 18 deals with planting summer veggies and color, and pests and diseases. Cost is $18 members/$20 nonmembers per each class. The arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin in Arcadia. For info, call (626) 821-3222, or visit: http://www.arboretum.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Plastic Milk Jug Mini-Greenhouses
Protect 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 bed or tray has been watered well. Press the jugs about 1/2 inch deep 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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