Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Cool Peppers for Cool Climates

National News

Peppers are heat lovers, no doubt about that. They relish a long season of warmth. But gardeners in areas with short growing seasons love peppers, which is why many are always on the lookout for...

Peak Phlox Performance

Garden phlox, when well grown, is one of the glories of the midsummer garden, its large heads of flowers adding color, fragrance, and stature to flower beds as the many early summer blooming...

Project BudBurst

It may still be cold in many parts of the country, but we've turned the corner toward springtime and the days are getting longer. It won't be too much longer before buds are bursting out all over....

Celebrating Urban Birds

Want to learn more about how you can help birds in urban environments, participate as a citizen scientist in the study of these feathered creatures, or simply celebrate their presence amidst all...

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In the Garden


Last Frost Signals Planting Time for Later Eating

January 31 is the average last frost date for our flatland areas, with some adjustment for the higher foothills and lower seaside areas, and therefore the best time to begin starting seeds of vegetables for eating in the upcoming seasons. The...
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Shows & Events

Plant Propagation for Homeowners On Saturday, February 18, 2012, from 9 am-12 noon at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in...

Clever Gardening Technique

Keep Your Compost Cooking Continue replenishing your compost pile by adding non-greasy kitchen and grass clippings, plant...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Grapes and Berry Plants
  • Plant Bareroot Fruit and Nut Trees, But Not Citrus
  • Prune Cane Berries
  • Wait to Prune Frosted Plants
  • Hold Off Pruning Spring Bloomers!

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