Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2003
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Fern and Exotic Plant Show and Sale
This show will take place on August 30-31, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. More than 60 varieties of ferns, and more than 70 varieties of other rare and collectible plants like orchids, bromeliads, cacti, cycads, terrarium plants, and begonias will be on sale. Free workshops and lectures. For more information, contact Ralph Fregoso, (626) 575-3390, or go to

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Harvest Early, Very Early
Harvest fruits and vegetables as early in the day as possible, especially if they are not to be eaten that day or will be refrigerated. Research at the University of California, Davis, has found that the six hours before sunrise are the best times to harvest. As soon as the sun hits the fruits or vegetables, the pulp temperature begins to rise, and even shading them will not delay the temperature rise for long. Each five degrees lower temperature when the fruit is picked will extend shelf-life for another three days. Tomatoes, in particular, develop more chilling injury -- that telltale graininess and mushiness -- when they are cooled after being harvested when thoroughly warm.


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