Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2005
Regional Report


Wildlife in the Garden
Attracting Birds, Butterflies & Other Winged Wonders to Your Back Yard, by Kris Wetherbee, (Lark Publishing, 2003; $16.95) contains everything you need to know about bringing winged wildlife into your yard. She gives detailed illustrations and plans for building birdhouses, feeders, and baths, and also bug baths to attract beneficial insects to your garden. Love dragonflies? Kris has tips to lure them in. The photographs are exquisite, done by her husband Rick. This is a well organized journal for the backyard wildlife enthusiast.

Tool or Gardening Product

Do you get a flu shot every year? Do you wish there was something similar for your garden? Well, now there is. Messenger is a new product that you can spray on tomatoes, strawberries, and other vegetable crops that helps plants protect themselves against common diseases. It is harmless to humans and pets and is easy to apply. Messenger helps make your plants healthier and stronger, with improved immune systems.

Vegetables can be eaten the same day they have been sprayed! This is the only product of its kind on the market. For more information, visit the Web site:


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