Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2013
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect New Shoots
Use plastic baskets from cherry tomatoes or strawberries to protect newly-sprouted seedlings such as corn, cucumber, melons, and squash from birds. By the time that the seedlings have grown tall enough to reach through the tops of the baskets, they are less succulent and more firmly rooted, making them less tempting to the birds.

Shows & Events

Worm Composting Workshop
Come to the Fullerton Arboretum on Saturday, May 18, from 10-11:30 a.m. to learn how to introduce and maintain worms in your home composting system! When worms to the composting work for you, you get the reward of rich "fluffy" soil that works wonders in your garden. Classes are free for residents of Fullerton, Brea, Santa Ana, Orange, and Buena Park. Residents of Fullerton, Bream Santa Ana and Orange will receive a discount voucher for a composting bin (one per family). Please bring and present utility bill on day of class. $5/members; $7/non-members. Free To Residents of Fullerton, Brea, Santa Ana, Orange and Buena Park. The Arboretum is located at 1900 Associated Rd, Fullerton, CA. Call 657.278.3407 to register. For more information, visit

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