Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2007
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Attract Butterflies and Bees
To attract butterflies to your garden, plant asters, lantanas, butterfly bush, marigolds, sweet William, tithonia, zinnias, and other daisy-like flowers. Encourage bees to visit your garden for better pollination. They'll come more readily if you provide them with their favorite plants, including basil, borage, calendulas, catnip, hyssop, lemon balm, mint, summer savory, thyme, and other plants with blue flowers.

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect Baby Plants
Use plastic baskets from cherry tomatoes or strawberries to protect newly sprouted seedlings of corn, cucumber, melons, and squash from birds. By the time the seedlings have grown tall enough to reach through the tops of the baskets, they are no longer so tender and delectible.

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