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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 ...

California blue oak may wear silver top due to powdery mildew

Yes, we had another wet spring here in the Sierra Foothills, not as heavy as 2017, but wet enough to allow blue oaks to be vulnerable again to fungal diseases. My blue oak leafed ...

Placer County Ag Tour to showcase rice industry

Placer County is known for its Satsuma mandarins and boutique wineries. But its biggest crop is rice. This year’s Ag Tour on June 18 will showcase rice growers and methods th ...

Summer Solstice Preserves

This luscious preserve shouldn’t be limited to toast or PB&J sandwiches. Serve it over pancakes or French toast, or use it as a cake or crepe filling. Ingredients: ...

Auburn ‘cleans up’ on Saturday

By Gus Thomson Of the Auburn Journal It’s an annual rite of spring in Auburn. And the Recology trucks will be rolling bright and early Saturday morning to pick up all the ...

Blue Acres yields biggest crop yet

It’s a sunny spring day. A light breeze gently blows stems laden with fruit ranging in color from a soft green, to pink to pastel blue to a deep almost purple hue as blueberr ...

Colfax Garden Club’s 2018 Garden Tour

The Colfax Garden Club’s 2018 Garden and Art Tour will feature a flower show and five unique gardens nestled in the Sierra foothills. These gardens are planted and maintained ...