Home & Garden

Pool perfection: Make a splash but conserve water, too

When contractor Jim Courage got ready to put in a pool for his family, it for sure was not going to be a watered-down version. “When we built it in 2005, we wanted to show ...

Early leaf drop a symptom of drought’s impact

Question:  My neighborhood has many trees, most of which I think are native oaks. I am writing because the trees around here look brown and the ground everywhere is covered wi ...

Bountiful harvest is tasty slice of life at Maple Rock

Since late spring, rows and rows of melons have been basking in the sun at Maple Rock Gardens in Penryn, preparing for their time to shine. Farming manager Jakob Stevens planted ...

Ask the master gardener: Ridding the home of carpet beetle infestation

Question: I’m finding small fuzzy bugs in my living room near the window. They are tiny and dark with a tan band around the middle. Each day I clean them up and the following ...

Create flowering companionships — containers

Gardening has fascinated Kim Wright for as long as she can remember. “Ever since I was a little girl, I was out gardening, so I’ve always been interested in plants an ...

Tour takes in garden artistry and art

“A labor of love” is how Pene Todd describes the gardens of the home that she and her late husband Gary Todd transformed from a ranch with pigs, chickens and cows into ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Pruning tomatoes — when, why, how and varieties that need it

Question: Two experienced gardeners in my garden club prune their tomato plants. What is the benefit and how do I do it? Answer: There are many theories out there and even univer ...

Colfax Garden Club Garden & Art Tour puts foothill landscapes on view

Six Meadow Vista-area locales will offer visitors a look at the diversity of landscaping styles in the foothills on the Colfax Garden Club’s Garden and Art Tour July 19. Fr ...

Drought-friendly plants star in gone with the lawn

For about 10 years, the front yard of Pauline Sakai’s Roseville home was a vision of lush green manicured lawn. But not anymore. “Being a master gardener, I always ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Much ado about mulch

Q:  My water agency recommends applying a thick mulch around landscape plants to reduce water use. What should I use as mulch? A:  Mulch is any material that you put ...