Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Herb Festival and Spring Plant Sale
The 10th Annual Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale, and Tomatomania will take place March 11-12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Quail Botanical Gardens. There will be some 20 speakers on herbs -- growing, landscaping, skin care, native medicinal plants, cooking, etc.; herbal tea tastings; herb walks through the Native American garden; and more. Vendors will offer plants, crafts, and herb products. For more information, go to:

Favorite or New Plant

For an attractive array of lettuce flavors, textures, and colors, choose as many different varieties as you can find: dark green, light green, red, bronze, butterhead, looseleaf, romaine, and crisphead. I don't bother with iceberg-type crispheads because I prefer the flavors of others. My favorites are butterhead and Bibb, which have crunchy midribs and delicately sweet leaves. Repeat sowing every three weeks for continuous harvests of young, sweet, succulent leaves and heads until at least June.

When sowing in late April and early May, choose varieties that are heat-resistant, bolt-resistant, and less likely to turn bitter when they mature, and you may be able to continue your harvests through the summer.


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