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Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

All About California Natives
Descanso Gardens Executive Director Richard Schulhof leads a walking tour through their nine-acre Native Plant Garden, and tells how to use California natives in our gardens on Sunday, May 13th, at 2:30pm. For more information contact Descanso Gardens, in La Canada-Flintridge at (818) 952-440.



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Last Chance to Thin Fruit
Thin grape bunches and marble-sized tree fruits for superior fruit quality. Tree branches or vines may break if too much fruit is left on them. Remove one-half of the number of grape clusters. Thin tree fruits on alternate sides of branches for balance. The minimum distance to leave fruits on branches is determined by the age of the tree and the size of the mature fruit. I leave five to eight inches for apples, pears, peaches, and nectarines and four inches for plums and apricots. Thin too much rather than not enough so trees and vines aren't strained.

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