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Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New, Colorful Yellow Rocket

National News

Yellow rocket (Ligularia) is a late-blooming perennial for woodland gardens or shady areas. It?s commonly relegated to the back of the border because of its uninteresting leaves. However, a new...

Are Organic Blueberries Healthier?

Many people believe organically raised produce is safer than conventionally raised crops because of the lack of chemical spray residues on the fruit. However, what about differences in the...

Tracking Lost Ladybugs

The old nursery rhyme goes, "Ladybug, ladybug fly away home ?" It seems the insects have taken this song a little too literally. Over the last 20 years, several of our native ladybug species have...

Protect Plants from Frost

Frost is threatening in many areas, if it hasn?t already hit. However, many plants are still looking good in the garden, and perhaps you?re not ready to give them up just yet. If you have a prized...

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In the Garden


Drought Precautions

The State of California Department of Water Resources has announced that the outlook for the drought in 2009 is the worst in history. The Department has also announced the development of a "water bank," where the State will act as a broker between...
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Botanical Painting If you like to dabble in sketching, watercolor, or oil painting, The Botanical Palette; Color...

Tool or Gardening Product

UltraGrow Pot Liner The UltraGrow Pot Liner is a plastic device that fits inside a pot prior to planting. It holds...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant for Winter Color
  • Turn Saucers
  • Plant Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Store Tuberous Begonias
  • Give Tree Trunks Breathing Room

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