Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2013
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Tomato Cages
In case you're still not using them, tomato cages -- the BIG ones -- are critical in promoting the health of the plants and fruit. Stack them 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

Paint Garden Tools
Paint tool handles and a foot or so of hose at nozzle ends with a bright color of exterior enamel paint so you can find them easily when they're hiding in green foliage.

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