Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Pumpkinmania!
Pumpkinmania! takes place on October 25, 2009, from 8:30am-2pm at the Centennial Heritage Museum in Santa Ana. The event includes the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Contest. Categories include Biggest, Ugliest, Best Color, Funniest, and more. The 2008 winner weighed 1,089 pounds. You'll also see blacksmithing demonstrations, crafts, food, and kids' activities. Free to enter, free to attend. Entries will be received from 8:30-11:30am. Final weigh-off begins at 12noon. Centennial Heritage Museum, 3101 West Harvard Street, Santa Ana. For more information, email sbs33@cornell.edu, phone 949-683-5932, or visit http://www.pumpkinmania.blogspot.com.

Clever Gardening Technique

Garbage Can Covers As Weed Collectors
Tops of garbage cans, especially plastic ones with no handles, make easy-to-scoot-around receptacles for weeds or harvested fruits and vegetables. Unlike larger and heavier bucket-shaped containers, these won't mar delicate plants as you work along ground covers. Their broad, shallow surface makes them perfect for harvesting delicate vegetables and fruits that are best kept in a single layer.

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