Coastal and Tropical South
Marin Independent Journal
Though it's from the Far West of Marin County, California, this Get Busy Gardening to Help Bees article from the Marin Independent Journal covers the issue of honeybees quite well and deserves a look-see from gardeners in our region, too. Barbara J. Euser explains both commercial and wild bee threats and offers ideas we can adapt to our gardens. She includes information about legislation to research this important topic, and surprising statistics about bees.
Favorite or New Plant
Live Oak Tree
Too many of these magnificent native trees have been lost or damaged in the last few years. Planting young trees in fall and winter gives them the best chance to become the legacy trees of the next century. Seasonal rains and cooler temperatures reduce the chances of transplant shock and enable good root development before the trees are expected to support the burst of new growth to come. Many live oaks have stood the tests, however, and need your attention this fall. Consider root feeding, or even pruning the trees if they have not put out as many leaves as they have lost in the last few years.