Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Award-Winning Roses

National News

There are literally hundreds of rose varieties available for gardeners to plant. In order to help us choose the best ones, the All-America Rose Selections organization tests new varieties for two...

A Deer Control Roundup

Deer are a big problem for gardeners in many areas of the country. While there are a plethora of home and commercial remedies and deterrent methods available, it can be hard to differentiate...

A Better Solution for Powdery Mildew

For a number of years baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) sprays have been recommended for controlling powdery mildew and black spot fungal diseases on roses, phlox, and other garden plants. Baking...

New Arabian Lilac

Lilacs ( Syringa sp.) are popular ornamental shrubs in many northern gardens. The Arabian lilac ( Vitex trifolium purpurea ?Fascination?), while not a true lilac, is a good alternative for...

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In the Garden


Tomato Time!

Want to get your tomato seedlings growing strongly but don't have enough plastic containers? Here's a technique that's easy, efficient, and inexpensive. Try growing them in quart-size plastic food storage bags. Each plant's root system will be...
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Tool or Gardening Product

Garbage Pail for Garden Duty Use a lightweight plastic garbage pail to collect weeds and prunings as you move around the...

Clever Gardening Technique

Hand Lotion in the Garden Give your hands a moisturizing treatment as you garden by lavishly spreading them with hand...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplanting Veggies
  • Planting in Wet Soil
  • Fertilize Landscape Plants
  • Preventing Winter Sunscald
  • Weed While They're Small

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