Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Neighborhood Plant Exchange
The third annual Lakeshore Neighborhood Plant Exchange is coming on Saturday, October 4th, from noon to 4 p.m., at 3811 Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland. Have plants you must prune or divide? How about trading your excess with others in your neighborhood? Take home new plants for your yard and have an instant new garden. All types of plants are welcome, from cuttings up to full size. Garden accessories and accents welcome, such as umbrellas, clippers, books on gardening, pots, stepping stones, tools, and supplies.

Need help digging out plants? Let us know. Want to donate plants before the event? No problem. Interested in volunteering in the afternoon? We happily accept. For more information, call (510) 866-8482; e-mail: plantexchange@hotmail.com; or visit: http://www.plantexchange.wordpress.com.

Clever Gardening Technique

Harvest Basil All Winter
You don't have to be Italian to enjoy fragrant, flavorful basil. I purchased basil from the market and made cuttings from the packaged stems. To grow your own, remove the large lower leaves, give the stem a fresh cut, and place the prepared cutting in water. In a few weeks, roots will begin to grow. Keep the rooted cuttings in a sunny window and harvest a few leaves for garnishing tomatoes and mozzarella, or flavoring your favorite recipe.

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