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Guiding the way through foothill trees and shrubs

Seven years ago the California Native Plant Society’s Redbud Chapter published a book cataloging wildflowers of Placer and Nevada counties. Now the group has put together fou ...

Preserve local citrus by doing your part to prevent the spread of HLB

Question: I have read that a worldwide disease is destroying citrus trees of all types and there is no cure. What measures are being taken to stop it? Answer: Yes, that bacterial ...

Master Gardeners' planting workshops mark the seasons

Soak up some education while spending quality time outdoors with Placer County master gardeners at free seasonal workshops set for March 21, May 16, July 18 and Sept. 19. Each mo ...

Cultivating gardening as an art

Joanne and Max Naegele’s creative garden vignettes consistently win awards and accolades at the spring and fall Auburn Home Shows, the Auburn Community Festival and the Ca ...

Meadow Vista Arboretum: Achievement in flower

A small strip of Meadow Vista Park bordering Ragsdale Spill has its own path circling through towering native oaks, flowering bushes and wire-encircled plantings. The approximately ...

Studies on biochar indicate potentially promising uses as a soil amendment

Question: I am a well-read gardener living in Colfax, writing to ask your opinion of the new hot topic in gardening: biochar.  For years I read that aerated compost tea was go ...

Intertwining history and handiwork

Lace making is an art that dates back centuries. It requires patience, close attention to detail and a flair for stitchery. For the Gold Country Lacemakers, which meets monthly a ...

Easing the plight of the monarch butterfly

Question: I read in the news this week that the population of monarch butterflies is 91 percent less than it was two decades ago. What is happening and how can I help? Answer:&nb ...

Kitchen gadgets that make the cut

Creating food magic in the kitchen takes a competent preparer and good ingredients. But utensils, gadgets and gizmos have a role, too. And anyone who likes to cook has a few favori ...