Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

All About Leaves
On Saturday, February 9th, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley, Lee Novick will guide you through learning about the leaf adaptations of California native plants. You'll learn why they're fuzzy, varying colors of green, why some are aromatic, and more through hands-on activities and science demonstrations. The class is for adults and children, and the fee covers admission for a whole family. $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. For info, call (818) 768-1802, or go to: http://www.theodorepayne.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Plastic Milk Jug Greenhouses
To protect seedlings outdoors from the cold and possible frost, and to give them a bit of a boost with concentrated daytime heat, cover them with 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 inch deep into the soil to prevent the entry of pests such as cutworms at the soil level. Drive a 2-foot-long stake or piece of bamboo down through the hole, leaving about 6 inches sticking up out of the hole, to lessen the chance of the jug being blown away during windy gusts. Remove the jugs when the foliage begins to crowd it, or when night temperatures are above 60 degrees F.

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