Home & Garden

The power of a fragrant flower

Not everyone loves strong floral garden perfumes, but most gardeners do. In these damp, dreary, cold winter days, I yearn for them. And more flowers are fragrant today because orna ...

Crisp and colorful

From winter comfort food to a crispy salad refresher or as spots of color in the garden, cabbage is a utility player in the vegetable world.  The green and purple heads found ...

Christmas cactus vs. Thanksgiving cactus: telling the difference

Do you recognize the pictured plants? Can you tell how the two plants are different? When one encounters plants for sale at Christmas time, “Christmas cacti” are usual ...

Autumn ‘gold’ found in the foothills

When I look out my November window and see leaves gathering on my neighborhood lawns, I smile at the bounty of riches. I see gems to create garden magic. All healthy trees releas ...

Home sweet homes

For more than three decades, Linda Nash and Elaine Bienvenue have been burnishing their piece of Auburn’s past. Now they are inviting the public to have a look at the results ...

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.   ...