Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
From now through January 15, application packets are available for Los Angeles County's Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. The focus is on helping low-income county residents grow and eat more nutritious vegetables by giving gardening workshops in community gardens, school gardens, and homeless and battered-women's shelters. For more information, call Common Ground Garden Program, University of California Cooperative Extension, (323) 260-3348, or go to:

Favorite or New Plant

Live Christmas Trees
If you plan to decorate a live Christmas tree indoors and then move or plant it outdoors afterwards, choose a smaller size tree, as it will adapt better than a more mature one. After you bring the tree home, water it well and store it in an unheated garage or outbuilding for two or three days before you move it indoors. Keep the rootball moist and the boughs misted.

Once the tree is in place indoors away from heating vents or fireplaces, either water it directly or by scattering ice cubes around the soil surface to slowly seep down into the entire rootball. Limit its time indoors to a maximum of seven days; fewer if the house is very warm.

Move the tree outside again to the garage, shed, or protected spot for at least two weeks before moving or planting it in the open. The longer you enjoy the tree in the warm house, the longer it will need to readapt to outdoor conditions.


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