Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2010
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Time Lapse Plant Cam
This came as a press release. I haven't tried it personally, but it looks like a very cool camera, and not too expensive.
The tomato plants are getting big, the peppers are coming along nicely and the cucumber vines are slowly spreading throughout the garden, but there's still one more thing to plant. A Time-lapse PlantCam lets you make a video record of an entire growing season and watch it unfold in a matter of seconds or minutes. To create a time-lapse movie, simply set the camera to take still photos at the desired time interval. The camera will automatically take photos and then return to battery conservation mode. After you are finished taking photos in time-lapse mode, simply set the camera to "Convert to Movie" and it does all the work. Time-lapse videos make it easy to watch plants grow in "fast forward," letting you experience an entire growing cycle in seconds. The Time-lapse PlantCam is very easy to use, and setup takes just three minutes. No tools, additional software or wiring is required. The rugged, weatherproof design makes Time-lapse PlantCam sturdy enough for year-round use. A Time-lapse PlantCam sells for $79 from www.wingscapes.com.

Clever Gardening Technique

Garlic Fungicide
Use garlic as a fungicide in your garden to protect roses and other plants susceptible to fungus, rust, mildew and mold. Use a garlic press or chop 5 cloves of garlic very fine. Place in a one quart clear glass bottle with one tablespoon finely chopped sage, one teaspoon of baking soda, and 5 drops of horticultural oil. Allow mixture to steep in the sun for 3 days. Strain and place prepared mixture in a spray bottle. Apply to affected plants every 7 - 10 days. Spray both sides of the foliage when applying.

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