Home & Garden

A front row seat on nature’s big show

There are glimpses of reds and yellows through the greens right now. But the show is just beginning. In a few weeks, the foothills will be ablaze with fall color. In fact the cha ...

Know how to recognize black widow spiders

Question: How do I know if I have black widow spiders in my garden? Answer: The western black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) — a native species — is quite common ...

Auburn's Wild Bird Station marks 20 years of retail, advice and swapping stories

For two decades Roger and Carol Strahle’s Wild Bird Station has been the local spot for birders to purchase seed and browse for nesting boxes, books and gifts. Often those vi ...

Managing ants key to controlling aphids in crape myrtles

Question: What is the best way to get rid of aphids in 30-foot crape myrtles? I tried using a power washer to hit the upper branches and knock them off the leaves — but that ...

Master Gardeners' calendar discusses ways to garden in the drought

The Placer County Master Gardeners’ calendar for 2015 is putting California’s drought front and center. Under the theme “California Dreaming  … Beau ...

Homes on Auburn Symphony League tour fundraiser reveal wealth of design and décor ideas

A sampling of Auburn’s exceptional mix of residential styles and architectural eras will be on display during the Gold Country Elegance Home Tour. Hosted by the Auburn Symp ...

Lots of choices for going native

Native plants are a colorful sight on hillsides and along canyon trails.   They’re also a great choice for the home garden. The Redbud Chapter of the California N ...

Plant now for fall and winter greens

Even before the bushels of tomatoes, zucchini and peppers start to wane, it’s time for fall planting. It’s a natural progression for Master Gardener Laurie Meyerpeter ...

Home & Garden Brief: Tour puts foothill homes on view

Five distinctly different foothills homes will be open for viewing during the Gold Country Elegance Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Hosted by the Auburn Symphony ...

Her creations are recipe for success

At a time when a deluge of TV cooking shows has created an army of  super competent home chefs, a Loomis woman’s expertise is putting her in the spotlight. For the sec ...