Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Orchid Show, Sale, Speakers
The South Bay Orchid Society sponsors this September 29-30 weekend event at the South Coast Botanic Garden on Palos Verdes Peninsula. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, commercial orchid growers will showcase and sell their plants, artistic displays will be highlighted, and various speakers will provide instruction in growing and caring for orchids. For info, call (310) 544-1948; or go to: http://www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org/.

Clever Gardening Technique

Towers of Tires
Old tires can be used for many things besides 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 covers for excellent reinforcement of unstable embankments or where there's little soil. The tires retain heat, resulting in more growth in late fall and early spring.

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