Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2003
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Annual Fall Native Plant Sale
Don't miss the native plant sale at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on November 2-3. Saturday hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m.-noon. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden sells plants they've propagated from their collection. Be sure to visit the home-garden section that highlights mature sizes of plants so you can see how beautiful they are year-round. The Garden is located at 1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, California. For information call (909) 625-8767, or visit:

Favorite or New Plant

Garlic Galore
Garlic planted now will develop strong root systems over the winter, and leaf production can begin early in the spring, resulting in large heads next summer. Planting in the spring, even with rich soil, will produce only medium- or small-sized cloves, or a single bulb without cloves. (These small bulbs can be used in place of a single large clove in recipes. They also can be left in the soil or stored and replanted the following fall, when they'll develop further and then mature into separate cloves.) For the largest-sized garlic, plant cloves 4 to 6 inches apart now in a raised planting bed that is well-drained and compost-enriched. Keep the soil moist through next June.


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