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Ask the Master Gardener: Learn to recognize the forms of poison oak

Question: I’ve been told that poison oak is not always three shiny leaves with a rust tinge? Is that true?” Answer: Funny you should ask. I personally didn’t th ...

Defensible space landscape is beauty with a purpose

When Dennis Maguire moved to Meadow Vista in the late 1970s, it was to a 1,400-square-foot house on an acre and a half that was mostly dry vegetation. During the three-plus decades ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Think beyond cacti, succulents for landscaping plants that use less water

Question: I don’t care for cacti and succulents. What other landscape plants use little water? Answer: Actually many plants other than those usual suspects have adapted to ...

Birds — Providing food, shelter, safety

Food, shelter and water are necessary elements in creating a friendly habitat for birds. But keeping them safe while they’re in the neighborhood is important, too. That&rsq ...

Building strong soil as a foundation for gardening

A fundraiser Saturday offers gardeners an opportunity to meet and learn from soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham, founder of Soil Foodweb, Inc. — all while taking in the ea ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Identifying Asian Citrus Psyllid damage to trees

Question: In an earlier Ask the Master Gardener column it was reported that a citrus quarantine was now in effect in Santa Clara County. That’s pretty close to us. When was t ...

Taking a walk on the wild side -- viewing foothill wildflowers

Looking to enjoy spring wildflowers? Auburn resident Karen Tajbl’s advice is to hit the trails now while many blossoms are at or near their peak. Tajbl, a member of the Aub ...

Combining the art of cooking with nurturing good health at Sierra Foothills Reiki and Macrobiotics

When Meadow Vista resident Aiko Shimada describes her Reiki program and macrobiotic food classes, it’s about celebrating cultural roots. “Reiki is Japanese hands-on e ...

Guiding the way through foothill trees and shrubs

Seven years ago the California Native Plant Society’s Redbud Chapter published a book cataloging wildflowers of Placer and Nevada counties. Now the group has put together fou ...