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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;...






Ann Wright: Of deer and natives

October 4, 2019

As the deer peer through my vegetable garden fencing, it seems a good idea to have extended the height of the fencing – deer jumped the fence last year and had a lovely buffet of...




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...