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Ann Wright: Fall into the garden

September 20, 2019

The autumnal equinox is around the corner. Signaling the beginning of fall, the equinox occurs on Sept. 23 in the northern hemisphere, where the hours of daylight are roughly equal to night time hours. The...


Bold and beautiful alliums for every garden

September 20, 2019

Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Plant the bulbs in fall and enjoy months of colorful spring and summer blooms...



Melinda Myers: Get the most out of your tomato harvest

September 6, 2019

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and when they’re left on the plant five to eight days after the fruit are fully colored, the flavor only gets better. Check plants regularly and keep harvesting,...


Ann Wright: It’s time for tomatoes

September 6, 2019

Hurry! There may still be time to attend the Nevada County Master Gardener’s very popular annual “Bite Me” Tomato Tasting and Open House today from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Demonstration Garden at...




Ann Wright: Compost: a gardener’s best friend

August 23, 2019

It’s nearing the end of August and another Nevada County Fair has come and gone. The Master Gardeners were pleased to meet so many people, and provide a variety of workshops and demonstrations. Scores of...



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...