Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Talk and Book Signing: From Seed to Skillet
Saturday, February 26, 11:30am. Local favorites -- Jimmy Williams, who sells his vegetable seedlings at three local farmers markets, and Susan Heeger, who writes in newspapers and gardening magazines -- now have their own book, From Seed to Skillet: A Guide to Growing, Tending, Harvesting, and Cooking Up Fresh Healthy Food to Share with People You Love. Join them for an illustrated talk and book sale. Chat with them and get your copy signed! The Arboretum, 301 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. $20 for Garden Conservancy and Arboretum members; $25 for non-members (includes admission to the Arboretum). Purchase tickets online at or call 845-265-2029. Box lunch available for sale after the talk; enjoy the afternoon exploring the garden.

Clever Gardening Technique

Pencil and String As Planting Aids
A lead pencil provides two approaches to sowing seeds. For smaller seeds, moisten the lead end, stick it into the seed packet to pick up one or two seeds, then move the pencil with the seeds attached to the germinating medium. For slightly larger seeds, follow the same procedure, but use the wet eraser end. A length of wet string also be used as a sowing aid. Dip it into the seed packet, then lay string and all on the germinating medium. The seeds will sprout around the string, and it will eventually rot away. Thin the tiny plants after they germinate.


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