Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Fall Plant Sale
Quail Botanical Gardens will hold their annual plant sale October 22-23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale has grown considerably over the years and now features lots of drought-tolerant plants, California natives, cacti, succulents, bromeliads, bamboo, fruit trees, and subtropicals. Other treasures for sale include books, tools, crafts, gourmet jams and jellies, and baked goods. There also will be demonstrations. Quail Botanical Gardens is located at 2130 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024. For info, call (760) 436-3036 x 208; e-mail: info@qbgardens.com; or visit: http://www.qbgardens.com.

Clever Gardening Technique

Hosing Plant Foliage
Hose off plant foliage -- both top and underneath leaf surfaces -- to lessen insect populations. This is especially helpful for getting rid of aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, spider mites, and whiteflies on beans, collards, kale, tomatoes, and roses. Be sure to do this early enough in the day (preferably early morning) so that the foliage can dry completely by sunset.

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