Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Butterfly Gardening
How can you attract butterflies to your California garden? What are some sure-fire plants for these magnificent creatures? Find out at this "Butterfly Gardening" talk and slide show on Wednesday, November 3, 7:30 p.m., by lepidopterist John Steiner, author of Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay Region and the leader of the South Bay butterfly count. Admission is free; donations accepted. Organized by the Gardening With Natives group of the California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley chapter). Emma Prusch Park Meeting Room, 647 S. King Road, San Jose. For more information,
e-mail, or call (408) 371-9376.

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Rooting Hormone
If you are lucky enough to have willow trees growing nearby, you can make a rooting hormone from them. Rooting hormones are used when propagating new plants from cuttings. Boil one quart of water, take it off the stove, add about a cup of willow twigs and let them steep overnight. Dip cuttings into the cooled tea before placing them in the potting medium. Willow bark tea rooting hormone will last up to one month in the refrigerator.


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