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Studies on biochar indicate potentially promising uses as a soil amendment
Thursday Feb 26 2015
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
Thursday Feb 19 2015
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
Tuesday Feb 10 2015
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
Thursday Feb 05 2015
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
Thursday Jan 29 2015
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
Thursday Jan 29 2015
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
Thursday Jan 22 2015
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
Thursday Jan 15 2015
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
Monday Jan 12 2015
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
Friday Dec 19 2014
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 ...
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