Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Sick Plant Clinic
On Saturday, December 03, 2011, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, join Dr. Raabe for his monthly Sick Plant Clinic and find out what diseases ail your plants. Entomologists will also be available to identify pests living in your plants too! Please cover plants and disease samples in containers or bags before entering the Garden. Call 510-643-2755 ext. 03 for event registration. For more information, contact UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045 or


Fruit and Vegetable Gardening
To ensure that you are eating organic produce, author Ian Cooke recommends growing your own food in Grow Your Own Fruits and Vegetables (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011). Cooke begins the book with a "Quick Start" guide for planting a vegetable garden that includes digging and amending the soil, selecting seeds, and harvesting. He goes on to give thorough instructions for planting in containers, digging garden beds, site selection, insect identification, and recommendations for seasonal crops. This is a great guide for the first time vegetable gardener. These days it's all about sustainability, and you will find the information you need in this book.


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