Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2013
Regional Report

Web Finds

The Vegetable Garden
Vegetable Garden Info is a useful website that provides information on planting and growing vegetables in your garden. There are planting schedules, garden calendars, a weed guide, links to Cooperative Extension Service web sites, and much, much more! I particularly like the section on Vegetable Information that includes color photos of the plants in alphabetical order with a link to its native habitat, spacing, planting, common problems, and tips on cultivation and harvesting.

Clever Gardening Technique

Propagate Echeveria
To achieve the ultimate success when propagating any variety of echeveria, use the flower stalk as your source for propagation. You will notice small leaves growing all along the long stem that holds the flowers. Cut individual leaves off the stem, retaining a bit of the fleshy stem on each side of the leaf. Place each leaf in a small paper cup and set it in a bright, warm area away from direct sunlight. No need to place the cutting is soil or water. Roots will form without any rooting medium. Once small roots form in about 6 to 8 weeks, plant each cutting in fast draining soil. Once you begin to see new growth, fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer such as liquid fish.

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