Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Sustainable Landscaping for Southern California
On Thursday, March 10, from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, San Diego Master Gardeners will discuss sustainable practices for the Southern California garden, including water management, soil improvement, plant selection and maintenance, pest control, saving energy, and encouraging beneficial wildlife. Free, for members only -- join and attend! Register by March 7: email mwolfington@SDBGarden.org or call 760-436-3036 x206.

Clever Gardening Technique

Hand Lotion To Prevent Soil-Dried Hands
Give your hands a moisturizing treatment as you garden by lavishly spreading them with hand lotion or cream before putting on your garden gloves. Add extra cream under your fingernails. As you work, your hands will absorb the cream. When you remove the gloves, your hands will have benefited from the cream rather than suffered from any moisture-removing soil that may have crept in under the gloves. In addition, any soil will be more easily washed from under your fingernails because the cream or lotion formed a barrier.

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