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Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Keeping Paper White Narcissus From Flopping

National News

Paper white narcissus are popular bulbs for forcing indoors. The fragrant, white flowers are hopeful signs of spring. However, the tall flower stalks and leaves flop over easily, and even though...

Unusual Night-Scented Geraniums

Many gardeners love scented geraniums ( Pelargonium ) for their foliage that releases fragrance when the leaves are rubbed. Gardeners may be less familiar with other members of the Pelargonium...

An Intelligent Indoor Plant Light

It?s great to brighten up a cold winter day by growing plants under lights indoors. Even a small African violet or orchid on a desk or table can help lift spirits. Now a new indoor plant light...

The Complete Houseplant Resource

Houseplants are often a spontaneous purchase at the garden center, big box, or grocery store. It?s hard to resist a lush palm, flowering orchid, or fragrant gardenia. Houseplants are certainly a...

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In the Garden


Some Say Cilantro ... I Say Coriander

Coriandrum sativum goes by many names: cilantro, coriander, Mexican or Chinese parsley. The green, leafy part is the herb cilantro, often the "secret ingredient" (along with cumin) that makes Mexican food taste authentic. The dried seedpod is known...
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Tool or Gardening Product

Plastic Sheeting To help concentrate daytime warmth, deflect nighttime chill, and increase seed germination, cover...

Clever Gardening Technique

Garbage Can Tops Tops of garbage cans, especially plastic ones with no handles, make easy-to-scoot-around...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest One Leaf at at Time
  • Hold the Pruners
  • Get Frost Covers Ready
  • Refurbish Tools
  • Evaluate the Gardening Year

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