Home & Garden

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 ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Bleeding sap from cherry tree could be linked to several causes

Question: My well established sour cherry tree is bleeding sap from its bark at several places on the tree. I assume this bleeding must be related to the flower/leaf drop that made ...

Reaping the bounty of sewing, needlework

Howell’s Sewing and Vacuum in Auburn has plenty of vacuum cleaners and sewing machines — and all the bells and whistles that go with them. But it is also a gathering pl ...

Rose pruning — building mettle for the petals

The prime weeks for pruning roses are  winding down, but there’s still time. “Generally you start right around mid-December and you can prune through January,&rd ...

Home remodel transforms gloom to glow

When Lake Tahoe designer Scott Corridan was called in to consult on countertops and cabinet finishes for a kitchen remodel, it ended up being a million-dollar project that totally ...

Want a vegetable garden that’s less work? Consider planting perennials

Question: I like the idea of growing my own vegetables, but it seems like a lot of work. Are there some that are easier than others? Answer: There is a newfound interest in growi ...

Media Life: Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” shoots in Placer County

Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” discovers Placer County’s Granite Bay in an upcoming episode of the popular fix-it reality series. In the show’s ...