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Southern California Regional Reports

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    Southern California Regional Reports

    Pest Alert: Chilli Thrips

    The chilli thrip (Scirtothrips dorsalis) has become a serious problem in Southern California. This is a small insect native to Southeast Asia that has made its way to the United…

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    Southern California: October Garden To-Do List

    Decorate your garden with pumpkins and squash. This is a great way to brighten things up without using extra water. Got squirrels? A vinegar spritz or bath will keep your…

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    August Rose Pruning for Southern California

    Most information you find about rose pruning is generic for all growing zones. What everyone waits for is the threat of frost to pass after the dormant season. The cuts…

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    Two Unique Gardening Events in September

    Two fabulous gardening events are happening in our region in September that I am excited to tell you about. They are both organized by the Greater Los Angeles District of…

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    Southern California: September Garden To-Do List

    Divide native Douglas irises (Iris douglasiana, Zones 5–9). Consider planting some container succulents to brighten up the brown, dry season. Succulents get more colorful when under water stress. Harvest the…

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    Starting Fall and Winter Vegetables From Seed

    By midsummer you should be knee-deep in tomatoes, beans, zucchini, and peppers, so it can be hard to remind yourself to shop for seeds for your next season of vegetable…

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    Growing Succulents for Color

    As temperatures soar, all the grass in the neighborhood begins to brown, and you have to deadhead your flowers a day after they bloom, it feels like you’d do almost…

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    Fall-Planted Bulbs and Corms for Southern California

    Bulbs and corms that originate in a Mediterranean climate are some of the best-performing but least-known plants for Southern California. There are hundreds of species of incredible bulbs from California,…

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    Southern California: August Garden To-Do List

    Give your gardens one or two deep waterings. Cut back cool-season ornamental grasses. Buy the bulbs you will plant in the fall. Start fall and winter vegetable seeds indoors in…

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    Repotting House Plants | Southern California Regional Report

    July weather is hot and dry, so why not stay inside with the air-conditioning or a fan and catch up on your indoor gardening? Indoor plants need love too, so…