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Melinda Myers: Tomato troubles

August 16, 2019

You have waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest this year while improving things for next season. Blossom...




Ann Wright: Cool season just around the corner

August 9, 2019

As the page of the calendar flips to August, it’s time for late summer gardening activities and, of course the Nevada County Fair! The summer rolls along, tomatoes continue to ripen on the vines (mine...



Dick Tracy: Are there gardens in Heaven?

August 2, 2019

Easy to overlook in the many accomplishments and roles of my dear departed friend Carolyn Singer is the fact that she lived and breathed gardening, every day. And in my opinion, gardeners are the world’s...


Family wins exterior home make-over in Truckee

August 1, 2019

A family of first-time homebuyers has been awarded an exterior makeover by local business, Elements Mountain Company. According t a news release, new Truckee residents Alex and Conor Ball bought their first home, located at...


Family wins exterior home make-over in Truckee

August 1, 2019

TRUCKEE — A family of first-time homebuyers has been awarded an exterior makeover by local business, Elements Mountain Company. According t a news release, new Truckee residents Alex and Conor Ball bought their first home,...



Ann Wright: Summer garden memories

July 26, 2019

Garden memories — images of Grandma’s peas ready to pick from her Illinois garden with fireflies escorting in the cool of the evening. Large pink peonies and long red stalks of rhubarb in Aunt Celia’s...



In praise of summer’s cherries

July 5, 2019

Cherries. Plump Bing cherries. Fat wild cherries almost blueberry blue. Neighbor children giggling high on a limb of the old cherry tree, lips and small hands stained a sticky fuchsia. The soles of our bare...






Ann Wright: Geraniums, the bright stars of summer

June 14, 2019

There are so many lovely, bright flowers with summer bloom, and Geranium are among the blooming beauties of late spring into summer. Brightening up garden beds, decks, window boxes or Miss Mayella’s slop jars (from...


JoAnne Skelly: Sapsucker damage to an old birch tree

June 7, 2019

Our big birch has finally given up after decades of bronze birch borer and sapsucker damage. Rows of regular horizontal holes about one-quarter-inch in diameter cover the trunk from bottom to top. These are caused...



Soil solarization: Solar energy for weed control

June 7, 2019

Eradicating annual and perennial weeds for a new garden is the first step in good soil preparation. Soil solarization is a terrific nonchemical solution for this challenge. I have even been able to eliminate Bermuda...