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Choosing Christmas plants that will survive outdoors in foothill winters

Question: Some of my friends are gardeners and I want to give them live holiday plants for Christmas. Can you tell me which traditional Christmas plants can be later planted outsid ...

Handcrafting – Put your own stamp on holiday decorations

Decorating for Christmas brings visions of putting up twinkling lights and hanging shiny ornaments. But there’s nothing like something hand-made to create a special holiday w ...

Keeping it hearty and heathy

It’s done. All those hours of planning and preparation have produced a table laden with beautiful dishes for a holiday dinner or party.   But along with the measuring ...

You can have olive trees without the fruit

Question: My family enjoys our olive trees for the graceful beauty they bring to our property (curb appeal) but the olives are a nuisance. How can I stop the trees from bearing fru ...

Auburn Garden Club hands out yearly grants

The Auburn Garden Club recently awarded grants to support community garden-related projects in Placer County. A special interest this year (and for next year) is beautification pro ...

Decked out for the holidays - Loomis Basin Education Foundation Holiday Home Tour

When Jonelle and Richard Tannahill moved into their Loomis residence, it marked a new beginning in more ways than one. They were also celebrating their wedding day. “It was ...

Landscaping: Getting rid of the grass to be green

Auburn resident Ellen Stephens has always loved gardening — and her yard is a reflection of that dedication. “Touching the soil, caring for plants, creating beautiful ...

Want cleaner air? Get some houseplants

Question: I am concerned about the air quality within our home, especially in the winter when windows are not left open. A friend advises that houseplants could help purify the ind ...

Local home cooks, chefs discuss their take on stuffing

The star of the Thanksgiving table is the turkey. But stuffing plays a strong supporter role. And its also a dish that’s perfect for improvisation. There are practically endl ...

Making the most of mandarins

The bags of fresh-from-the-tree citrus are the star of the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn. But the festival’s recipe contest gives entrants an opportunity to ...