Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2010
Regional Report


Seed Saving
Basic Seed Saving by Bill McDorman
(ISBN 978-0-615-33231-4) Seeds Trust, Cornville Arizona

This little book is a handy pamphlet to keep on hand if you are a do-it-yourself gardener. It has tips for saving all kinds of seeds from vegetables to wild flowers. Saving seed is one of the ways that heirloom plants survive. If you have a favorite lupine, for example, growing in your garden, Bill McDorman gives explicit instructions on how to collect, save and plant the seed in order to keep it in cultivation.

Clever Gardening Technique

Tomato Horn Worm
If you have ever seen a tomato horn worm, you know they are impressive with their multiple "eyes" and staggering size. Horn worms can eat an impressive amount of foliage, so you want to keep them under control. Search for tomato horn worms early or late in the day and remove by hand. Although they are especially scary looking, I guarantee they do not bite. If you are acquainted with any children under the age of 10, rest assured they will be delighted to receive the gift of a tomato horn worm. Make sure to include some foliage for food, sprinkled with a bit of water and breathing holes in the lid of the jar.


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