Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2014
Regional Report

Web Finds

Aquatic Gardens, Not Aquatic Pests
Most plants used in California backyard water gardens are not invasive. But some vigorous non-native species are not as well behaved and can and do escape from cultivation and cause ecological problems in the natural landscape. Aquatic Gardens, Not Aquatic Pests: How to Practice Responsible Water Gardening from California Master Gardeners offers advice on invasive plants to avoid and suggests non-invasive alternatives for pond margin, bog, submerged, and floating or rooted emergent plants.

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect Plants with Plastic Berry Baskets
Use the small plastic baskets that hold cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and the like to protect newly sprouted seedlings such as corn, cucumbers, melons, and squash from birds. By the time the seedlings have grown tall enough to reach through the tops of the baskets, you can remove them. The seedlings will be well anchored in the soil and less likely to be yanked up by hungry birds.

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