Home & Garden

Mulch in the vegetable garden: Hay or straw?

Q. What is the difference between straw and hay and which should I use for mulch in my veggie garden? A. Straw and hay are both field crops. The word “hay” refers to ...

Master Gardeners kick off spring with Garden Faire

The UCCE Placer County Master Gardeners are ringing in spring with something for the whole family. The 1st annual Garden Faire on April 2 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn ...

Bon Appetite collection for sale at Lincoln Library

A collection of 28 years of Bon Appetite magazines that feature events of the day and entertaining ideas and recipes is available and on display at the Twelve Bridges Library. Eac ...

Getting ready for winter

Homeowners are busy getting ready for winter and one of the first cleanup priorities is the home garden.   Consider leaving your garden a bit untidy this year. Dead leaves, ...

Saving trees may be difficult but important

I wrote a column last year around this time, warning readers to prioritize their trees when making watering decisions. I spoke of trees dropping their leaves unusually early, optin ...

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 ...

Drought cultivates water-shortage fears for Auburn-area gardens

Phil Rossitto of Auburn is looking forward to planting summer crops of tomatoes and squash at his plot in the School Park Community Food Garden. But Rossitto said that he’s ...

Lincoln Community Garden has available plots

The Lincoln Community Garden, on the corner of Third and E streets, has a limited number of available plots for the 2014 gardening year. For a $45 annual rental fee, gardeners hav ...

Community garden has three open plots

Three free plots are available at the organic garden at 5th and L streets in downtown Lincoln. The organic garden is sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church. Any Lincoln resident ...

Holiday tour home is scenic family retreat

A Clos du Lac residence with an interior that combines warmth and elegance and a position that makes the most of its scenic setting will be one of six featured in Saturday’s ...

Our weird weather brings us an abundance of fruit

The Farmers’ Markets are nearing capacity with the abundant summer harvest. It appears our crazy weather pattern of above-normal temperatures, followed by below normal temp ...

Local bonsai club spreads deep roots

Isao Sakaishi planted the shore juniper bonsai –– a tiny wonder of nature still thriving today –– from a seed nearly 50 years ago. His daughter Lucy Sakais ...

Learn how to add water gardens to landscape

A Loomis aquatic gardening specialist will demonstrate how to enhance any yard or outdoor space by adding water gardens to the landscape. Sue Golden, of Golden Pond Water Plants, ...

Housing market improving

The local housing market “is turning the corner,” according to local and national housing experts.  “The good news is the housing market in Placer County is ...

Holiday tour captures wows, whimsy of unique homes

When Parmis and Kevin Freel decided to build  a home in Loomis, they envisioned the look of a castle but with modern-day flair. Taking inspiration from the grand historic bu ...