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Brightening up entryways during drought

During the heat of summer there are many plants that can still add a little color to your landscape. A favorite and easy to grow is salvia, or sage, in hundreds of species. Salvia has fragrant foliage and flowers. Pineapple sage is stunningly bright and does smell like pineapple. Salvia prefers well-draining soil and some […]

August 05, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Summertime, anytime hobbies and interests: There’s an app for that

Keep the brain active and you keep your soul young. A few weeks ago, I noticed my next door neighbor, Mark, setting up a large telescope on his driveway. “What’s up?” I asked. “I’m setting this up so I can look at Jupiter tonight. It will be just down the street.” Now, I’m a fan […]

August 05, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Dealing outside the box: See Europe in your own car and save

I like to plan in advance. It’s no secret. Planning any project ahead saves time, money and frustration. And if you add a little buffering for the unforeseen… a plan is a very good thing. It’s a true deal. A little artistic creativity helps. Sometimes you can combine projects and end up with an amazing […]

July 22, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

California State Fair raises a glass to 161 years of agriculture, fun

The California State Fair opens this Friday, July 10. For 17 days, visitors to Cal Expo can see farm animals, view crafts and inventions, eat amazing foods on a stick — and sample some fine wines produced by El Dorado County winemakers. Great tastes Our region produced an impressive number of winners in the wine aisle. […]

July 08, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

UC Davis defines ‘The New Front Yard’

By Debbie Hager UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County The University of California Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is an amazing resource in determining how best to create a new front yard or a new back yard during times of limited water availability. The New Front Yard as defined by the Arboretum is the […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Putting the ‘Pro’ in the Folsom Pro Rodeo

“Well it’s bulls and blood, it’s dust and mud It’s the roar of a Sunday crowd, it’s the white in his knuckles The gold in the buckle he’ll win the next go ’round It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats It’s spurs and latigo, it’s the ropes and the reins And the joy and the […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Straw bale gardening is worth a try

Last January, as I was reading the latest happenings on Facebook, an interesting item caught my attention. A Master Gardener in the Midwest shared that he is using straw bales to grow produce. This method results in less-to-no weeding, less bending, fewer bugs and bountiful produce. Because straw absorbs and retains water, this is a […]

June 03, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,
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