Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

California Native Plant and Seed Sale
The Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley will hold its biggest sale of the year on October 3-4 and 10-11, at the perfect time to plant! Hundreds of different trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, perennials, shade plants, and desert plants will be on sale. For more information, call (818) 768-1802; or go to:

Clever Gardening Technique

Old Tires = Planting Beds
Old tires can serve a variety of uses besides as tree swings. Single ones filled with soil form small-scale raised beds. Use a porous potting mix for extra good drainage. Several tires stacked on top of one another form deep barrels for potatoes and tomatoes. Overlap tires up a slope, filling each with soil and planting ground cover for excellent reinforcement of unstable embankments, or for where there's little soil. The tires retain heat, extending the growing season in fall and spring.


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