Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Discovering Mushrooms at Descano Gardens
On Saturday, February 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Master Gardener and mycologist Florence Nishida of the Natural History Museum will give an hour-long talk covering basic information on the "fungus among us," and then lead an hour-long walk to identify the many fungal species that live in Descanso Gardens. Free with admission. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge 91011. For more information, go to www.descansogardens.org or call 818-949-4200.

Clever Gardening Technique

Clear Milk, Water, Juice Containers = Frost Protection
Provide protection from frost for small transplants with mini-greenhouses made from clear plastic milk or water jugs with their caps removed and their bottoms cut off. Place the jugs over the transplant, and press it about one-half inch deep into the soil to prevent the entry of pests such as cutworms at the soil level and to lessen the chance of the jug being blown away during windy gusts. If you expect winds, insert a stick through the top down about six inches into the soil. Remove the jugs when the foliage begins to crowd the jug, or when night temperatures are above 50 degrees.

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