Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2014
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Edible Landscape Trees
What could be better than beautiful trees that also produce food? Now through early March is a good time to plant bare-root fruit and nut trees (except for citrus and avocados, which should wait until the soil warms in May). When choosing apples, pears, plums, apricot, nectarine, and peaches, be sure to select "low-chill" varieties adapted to our climate. Buy trees that have well-developed, fibrous root systems; a single, well-shaped leader; and no serious bark injury.

Clever Gardening Technique

Softening Hands While You Work
Give your hands a moisturizing treatment as you garden by lavishly spreading them with hand lotion or cream before putting on your gloves. Add extra cream under your fingernails. As you work, your hands will absorb the cream. When you remove the gloves, your hands will have benefited from the cream rather than suffered from the moisture-removing soil. In addition, the soil will be more easily washed from under your fingernails because lotion forms a barrier.

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