Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2006
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Fiskars Transplanting Spade
The Fiskars Transplanting Spade is a versatile tool that can be used for digging trenches, pulling perennial weeds, or even transplanting. The long, narrow blade is ideal for cutting through heavy soils, which makes it ideal for digging in clay. The handle is short with a wide grip, and the foot rest is wide so you can get a lot of purchase on whatever you are digging. For more information, go to:

Clever Gardening Technique

Watering Tips for Cyclamen
The beautiful cyclamen plants you buy during winter are grown from bulbs. It's very important not to get that bulb wet when you water to prevent it from rotting. The best way to water cyclamen is to submerge the pot only as deep as the soil level. Add half-strength liquid fertilizer to keep the plants blooming through the winter.


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