Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Vanilla-Scented Verbena Perfumes Your Yard

National News

Verbenas are stars of the late-season annual flower garden. They are great butterfly attractants and provide an airy feel to the garden as their flowers float above the foliage. Now there?s a...

Neem May Inhibit Nitrogen-Fixation in Legumes

Neem extract is widely used to ward off a variety of insects, such as Japanese beetles, aphids, and scale, and also diseases such as powdery mildew. It?s derived from the seed of a tropical tree...

Gardening Improves Health of Older Adults

It?s widely known that regular exercise contributes to the prevention of chronic diseases associated with aging and helps maintain an independent lifestyle. While many seniors find regular...

Faux Coyote Scares Away Birds

From the manufacturer who brought you the scare-eye balloons and faux owls to help ward off unwanted birds comes another faux predator for your yard. The faux coyote is not just a one-dimensional...

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In the Garden


Old-Fashioned Weed Pulling

Today I watched a gardener work for about an hour to pull a handful of tiny weeds out of a patch of Irish moss. I guess there must be something wrong with me, but I actually enjoy pulling weeds. I find gratification in managing to extract an invader,...
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Tool or Gardening Product

Cat Stop I have had a lot of questions about keeping cats out of cultivated soil. Luckily, Lee Valley...

Shows & Events

Live at the Garden Enjoy live music in the wonderful setting of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden in Fort Bragg...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pinch Basil
  • Harvest Herbs
  • Switch Cymbidium Fertilizer
  • Patrol for Mosquitoes
  • Watering Daphne

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