Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Dahlia Sale and Lecture
The Dahlia Sale and Lecture sponsored by the South Coast Dahlia Society provides information on growing dahlias, and offers many for sale. Sunday, March 29, 1-4pm; lecture begins at 2pm. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274. For more information, call 310-544-1948 or go to

Clever Gardening Technique

Quart Jar To Test Soil Texture
To easily determine the texture of your soil, fill a quart-size, straight-sided jar two-thirds full of water and the rest with soil, shake the jar well, and place it on a windowsill where you can observe the results without moving it. After a few days, the layers will be apparent, and you can make your "analysis." The heavy sand particles will settle first to the bottom of the jar, followed by the silt and then the clay. Organic matter will float. Good loam contains about 45% sand, 35% silt, and 20% clay.


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