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Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Award-Winning Squash and Viola

National News

The All America Selections (AAS) committee has been awarding new, high-performing vegetables and annual flowers their prestigious award for more than 75 years. These varieties are trialed across...

Bag That Compost

Composting has many benefits, including enlivening soil, reducing food waste, and reducing the amount of organic matter going to the local landfills. However, many gardeners find composting a...

New Gold-Red Lenten Rose

Hellebores or lenten roses are one of the first perennials to flower in spring. These shade-lovers make an excellent groundcover under large deciduous trees and grow well in moist soil, too....

Food Pairings: Making a Good Match

When making a meal from scratch, it?s often frustrating to be missing a few ingredients. Another frustration is wondering what dish will compliment a favorite vegetable or other food. If you?re...

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In the Garden


Working Plants

Plants have jobs too -- they just don't get weekends off like the rest of us, and the pay isn't great. A working plant lives for it's job. When a particular plant has been assigned a specific task, it is a lifelong commitment. Security Plants that...
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Pruning Trees, Shrubs and Vines Pruning Trees, Shrubs and Vines , by Karan D. Cutler (Brooklyn Botanic Garden,2003) has...

Favorite or New Plant

Western Redbud The western redbud ( Cercis occidentalis ) is a small deciduous tree, growing 15-20 feet tall....
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Regional Reminders

  • Pull Annual Weeds
  • Cultivate Soil
  • Sharpen Pruning Tools
  • Clean Under Daphne
  • Bird Baths

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