Home & Garden

Ask the Master Gardener: Bleeding sap from cherry tree could be linked to several causes

Question: My well established sour cherry tree is bleeding sap from its bark at several places on the tree. I assume this bleeding must be related to the flower/leaf drop that made ...

Reaping the bounty of sewing, needlework

Howell’s Sewing and Vacuum in Auburn has plenty of vacuum cleaners and sewing machines — and all the bells and whistles that go with them. But it is also a gathering pl ...

Rose pruning — building mettle for the petals

The prime weeks for pruning roses are  winding down, but there’s still time. “Generally you start right around mid-December and you can prune through January,&rd ...

Home remodel transforms gloom to glow

When Lake Tahoe designer Scott Corridan was called in to consult on countertops and cabinet finishes for a kitchen remodel, it ended up being a million-dollar project that totally ...

Want a vegetable garden that’s less work? Consider planting perennials

Question: I like the idea of growing my own vegetables, but it seems like a lot of work. Are there some that are easier than others? Answer: There is a newfound interest in growi ...

Media Life: Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” shoots in Placer County

Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” discovers Placer County’s Granite Bay in an upcoming episode of the popular fix-it reality series. In the show’s ...

Choosing Christmas plants that will survive outdoors in foothill winters

Question: Some of my friends are gardeners and I want to give them live holiday plants for Christmas. Can you tell me which traditional Christmas plants can be later planted outsid ...

Handcrafting – Put your own stamp on holiday decorations

Decorating for Christmas brings visions of putting up twinkling lights and hanging shiny ornaments. But there’s nothing like something hand-made to create a special holiday w ...

Keeping it hearty and heathy

It’s done. All those hours of planning and preparation have produced a table laden with beautiful dishes for a holiday dinner or party.   But along with the measuring ...

You can have olive trees without the fruit

Question: My family enjoys our olive trees for the graceful beauty they bring to our property (curb appeal) but the olives are a nuisance. How can I stop the trees from bearing fru ...