Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2011
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Tomato Cages - the BIG ones!
In case you're still not using them, tomato cages -- the BIG ones -- are critical in promoting the health of the plants and fruit. I stack mine double-decker style-- both square and round ones -- with stakes upright in each cage and crosswise connecting cages in a row. This prevents their toppling in our Santa Ana winds when plants are fully grown with lots of foliage and fruits, especially after deep watering!

Clever Gardening Technique

Foil Mildew
Simple household baking soda will get rid of mildew in your home and garden. Dissolve about one-quarter ounce in a gallon of water. Indoors, wipe the solution on windowsills or other mildewed areas. In the garden, spray it onto plant leaves weekly or after rain or sprinkling. The baking soda serves both as a preventative and a cure -- mildew spores cannot spread or reproduce, so their development is stopped.

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