Home & Garden

Native plants can help improve soil

Getting tired of trying to shovel into that hard clay soil? Want better soil but tired of adding bag after bag of compost? Many native plants offer a positive, natural, long-lastin ...

Saving your garden’s cucumber seeds

My friend asks, “Can I use my cucumber seed for next year? These ‘cucs’ tasted better than any I have grown before. I’ll just dry them out and save them in ...

Gobs of gorgeous gourds

When Fowler Ranch owners Denise and Mason Moore planted a pumpkin patch in 2014, it was for family and friends to enjoy. It was such a success, they decided to open it to the publi ...

Talking tomatoes

Grower Dave Faoro loves gardening but he has a special affinity for tomatoes. At his Veneto Gardens in Newcastle, he tends nearly 60 varieties of all shapes and sizes. “Tha ...

Grow garlic in your backyard

“Once you taste home-grown garlic, you won’t be satisfied with supermarket varieties,” said “Fine Gardening” editor Ruth Lively. A famous seed catalog ...

Placer ag value drops 11 percent in 2017

Record-setting rainfall in 2017 led to a sharp reduction in Placer County’s planted rice acreage, driving an 11 percent loss of total crop value. That’s according to t ...

Native plant society meeting

Monarch butterflies are native here in Placer and Nevada counties. Learn how to raise these butterflies with the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Bonnie Brad ...

Iris sale Sunday

Sierra Foothills Iris Society will host its fundraising iris sale Sunday. Irises grow well in the Auburn area since they are drought tolerant and this is the time of year to plant ...

To prune or not to prune your tomato crop

Why prune? From the University of Illinois Extension: “Pruning is the removal of small shoots that join the stem. This reduces competition between the suckers and the frui ...

From the recipe book: Summer Fruit Cocktail

This lightly sweetened fruit cocktail is delightfully accented with honey and mint. Perfect served alone as a simple dessert, or try it over ice cream or shortcake.   ...

Drone technology used to fight local mosquitoes

It’s summer time. And with that comes bug bites. To help combat the influx of mosquitoes and vectors, Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is flying drones. ...

Auburn garden weighs in with giant cabbage

This huge cabbage was grown by Auburn resident Manuel F. Ferreira.  “It weighted 23 pounds, after we trimmed the leaves it weighed 15.25 pounds,” Ferreira s ...

Newcastle grower's garden produces 5.91 pound tomato

By Gloria Young Of the Auburn Journal What do you do with a six-pound tomato? It’s bragging rights for a Newcastle gardener, who describes his 5.91 pounder as one ...

Master gardeners to offer July, August workshops

The U.C. Master Gardeners of Placer County will offer the following free workshops during July and August at the Auburn Senior Center, 550 High St., downtown Auburn: Plannin ...

Titans from the vine

What do you do with a six-pound tomato? It’s bragging rights for a Newcastle gardener, who describes his 5.91 pounder as one for the record books in California. Austin Murph ...