This month, wherever you are, make an effort to outsmart pests.
In Northern California, create a border that will attract beneficial insects (we like coreopsis, cosmos, goldenrod, etc.); in Southern California, where the sun is hot, solarize your soil to destroy fungus, bacteria, and nematodes; in the Southwest, fight cochineal scale, green aphids, and spider mites with a strong blast of water; and in the Northwest, use a little bait to battle slugs.
In all regions, once you've got the pests under control, consider planting 'Henna,' a showy coleus.
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