Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

Dave Wilson Nursery
Dave Wilson Nursery is a wonderful website for home fruit tree growers. Under "The Home Fruit Tree Growe" section is specific information on tree types and varieties, planting tips, optimum growing conditions, local lectures, and where to buy their trees. The fruit harvest chart will help you choose varieties for consecutive harvests.

Clever Gardening Technique

Want Beneficial Insects?
To encourage beneficial insects to populate your garden, provide them with their chosen foods and habitats. Many weeds -- including lamb's-quarters, nettle, knotweed, pigweed, and cocklebur -- as well as many cultivated annuals, perennials, and herbs are food sources for two of the most important orders of beneficials, wasps and flies. Most of these plants are members of two families, the umbelliferae and the compositae. Umbellifera -- such as anise, carrot, caraway, coriander, dill, fennel and parsley -- have many tiny flowers arranged in tight umbels (like upside down umbrellas). Compositae -- such as black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, and strawflower -- have central disc flowers surrounded by many ray petals. Mustard flowers attract lacewings (for aphids) and parasitic wasps (for cabbage caterpillars and coddling moths; they don't bother people or pets). Rows or interplantings of these plants can support a large beneficial insect population.

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