Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

The Wild Mediterranean Food Garden: Ideas and Practical Methods for Resilient Urban Agriculture
On Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 pm, in Friends' Hall at the Huntington Botanic Garden, Ecological landscape designer and Master Gardener Darren Butler will discuss how to balance wildness and human management in seasonal food production as he outlines the core ideas for a new and evolving approach to gardening. If your vegetable gardening is tied to traditional methods for planting, irrigation, and weed control, an exciting new world of ecosystem gardening awaits your discovery. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino 91108. Free; no reservations required. See http://www.huntington.org or call 626-405-2100.

Clever Gardening Technique

Milk or Water Gallon Jugs
Clear plastic gallon jugs with their bottoms cut out and caps removed can be used in the garden at least two times each year. When starting seeds or setting out plants when nights are still cool, use the jugs as hot caps. When the plants have outgrown the jugs or night time temperatures stay above 50 degrees, invert the jugs and bury their necks into the soil for use as funnels for irrigation and liquid fertilization.

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