Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2011
Regional Report

Alternate Heavy and Light Feeders

When you plan the layout of your fall and winter gardens, consider which new crops should follow those just removed -- alternate heavy feeders with light feeders. Heavy feeders include beets, broccoli, cabbage, celery, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, escarole, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, parsley, pumpkins, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, squash, and tomatoes. Light feeders include carrots, chard, garlic, leeks, mustard, onions, parsnips, peppers, potatoes, rutabaga, shallots, sweet potatoes, and turnips.

Keep Picking!

Continue to keep vegetables picked, whether or not you will use the harvest that day. If many fruits are allowed to become overmature on the plant, production will slow and then cease.

Root Herb Cuttings

Mature, woody, spreading herbs can be propagated by dividing the plant and using the new outer shoots as starts for new, more vigorous plants.

Root Shrub Cuttings

Root cuttings of azaleas, ceanothus, carnations, fuchsias, geraniums, honeysuckle, hydrangeas, English ivy, marguerites, pachysandra, roses, succulents, verbena, wisteria, and evergreens -- especially arborvitae, euonymous, holly, juniper, and yew. Geraniums and impatiens make nice winter-blooming houseplants.

Drying Flowers

Choose a dry, sunny day to harvest globe amaranth, baby's breath, cockscomb, lunaria, strawflower, and statice for drying. Cut them before they're fully open, or they'll shatter as they dry. Hang stems upside down in an airy room to cure.


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