Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Year Round Vegetable Gardening Workshop
Wondering about the wisdom of growing a food garden during a drought year? Pam Peirce, author of the classic regional book Golden Gate Gardening, will show you how to use the cooler, wetter part of the year to grow delicious food at her Year Round Vegetable Gardening Workshop at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley on Tuesday, August 12, from 6-8 p.m. She'll show how working with Mediterranean planting and growth cycles lets you minimize your dependence on supplemental water. Whether you grow vegetables and herbs in containers or garden beds, in a home garden or a school garden, you will learn the best crops to grow, how best planting times vary across coastal and inland microclimates, and tips for integrating seasonal crops to produce a year-round harvest. Pam's talk and slide show includes common and less common vegetables, herbs, edible weeds, and edible flowers. Cost is $20 members; $25 non-members. The Garden is located at 200 Centennial Drive in Berkeley. For more information or to register, go to

Favorite or New Plant

Mother Fern
Beautiful and hardy, indoors or out, the mother fern (Asplenium bulbiferum) is very forgiving and will tolerate several hours of full sun, if planted near the coast. The mother fern carries small plantlets on its long fronds, hence the name. Related to the bird's nest and hart's-tongue ferns, the mother fern requires ample water throughout the summer. It will let you know, with no uncertainty, when it is thirsty. Like other ferns in the Asplenium genus, it requires a winter rest period. Water sparingly during the dark months, and apply no fertilizer until the days begin to grow longer.

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