Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2013
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Mini Holiday Trees
Norfolk Island pines can become mini-holiday trees, with their own tiny lights and ornaments. Provide each room in the house with its own individually decorated tree, such as one with cookie cutters hung with red ribbon bows for the kitchen.

Favorite or New Plant

Purslane, the Edible Weed
It's wonderful to have something bright green growing in the garden all winter, and this includes even some weeds. You'll recognize purslane as the weedy relative of portulaca. Its succulent branches and leaves contain many vitamins and minerals, offer somewhat tart, citrus flavor to raw salads, and make wonderful stir-fries or ratatouilles. But then, what greens aren't wonderful when added to sauteed onion, garlic, and parsley?

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