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Diane Miessler: Don’t toss those leaves

December 27, 2019

Is your yard still knee-deep in leaves? Are you actively avoiding raking them up by distracting yourself reading “War and Peace” or, worse, vacuuming the house? Maybe this will help. Try thinking of your leaves...


Doreen Fogle: Grow berries for the birds and Christmas

December 20, 2019

Bright red berries are California’s most important winter food source for native birds. And from a tough, beautiful evergreen shrub that’s perfect for landscape use! The shrub is toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), a California native living...




Melinda Myers: Turn milkweed pods into works of art

December 6, 2019

Homemade gifts are a wonderful way to show you care. Making them from items grown in your garden adds that extra personal touch. And just like the plant, decorations and gifts made from milkweed pods...


Doreen Fogle: Save the birds, plant natives

December 6, 2019

Have you been hearing the birds lately? If you’re older than a millennial, you may have noticed that the birdsong’s just not what it used to be. You’d be right. A few years ago on...



Ann Wright: Early winter gardening

November 29, 2019

With welcome rain and snow in the foothills, there seems so much to do that wasn’t done during the past several dry weeks! My checklist of things to get done soon is ever growing. At...




Melinda Myers: Six things to help evergreens through winter

November 8, 2019

Prepare your evergreens now before winter weather takes its toll on your boxwood, camellias and rhododendrons. Winter wind, sun, frozen soil, snow and ice can wreak havoc on our plants, especially evergreens. Water plants, especially...


Melinda Myers: Holiday gifts for gardeners

October 25, 2019

Holidays are a wonderful time to gather with friends and family, share a special meal and exchange gifts. Finding the perfect gift for those we love can be overwhelming and stressful. No need to fret;...