Home & Garden

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 ...

Plenty of alternatives to Mexican feather grass

It’s an airy plant that waves in the breeze on a warm summer day. Its long feathery stems create an interesting contrast in the landscape. It’s very maintenance friendl ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Mistletoe diverts vital water from trees during drought

Question: I have mistletoe growing in my oak tree. How do I get rid of it? Answer: Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that absorbs both water and nutrients from its host plant. It is ...

Cultivating figs — it’s not all cut and dried

At Sinclair Family Farm in Penryn it’s fig-drying time. August is a prime ripening month for the easy-to-cultivate fruit. The Sinclairs maintain three trees — produ ...

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 ...