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Ask the Master Gardener: Think beyond cacti, succulents for landscaping plants that use less water

Question: I don’t care for cacti and succulents. What other landscape plants use little water? Answer: Actually many plants other than those usual suspects have adapted to ...

Birds — Providing food, shelter, safety

Food, shelter and water are necessary elements in creating a friendly habitat for birds. But keeping them safe while they’re in the neighborhood is important, too. That&rsq ...

Building strong soil as a foundation for gardening

A fundraiser Saturday offers gardeners an opportunity to meet and learn from soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham, founder of Soil Foodweb, Inc. — all while taking in the ea ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Identifying Asian Citrus Psyllid damage to trees

Question: In an earlier Ask the Master Gardener column it was reported that a citrus quarantine was now in effect in Santa Clara County. That’s pretty close to us. When was t ...

Taking a walk on the wild side -- viewing foothill wildflowers

Looking to enjoy spring wildflowers? Auburn resident Karen Tajbl’s advice is to hit the trails now while many blossoms are at or near their peak. Tajbl, a member of the Aub ...

Combining the art of cooking with nurturing good health at Sierra Foothills Reiki and Macrobiotics

When Meadow Vista resident Aiko Shimada describes her Reiki program and macrobiotic food classes, it’s about celebrating cultural roots. “Reiki is Japanese hands-on e ...

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 ...