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Rid your garden of aphids: The drought-weakened plants are in peril!

By Charlie Basham UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County  If you’re nurturing a small summer veggie garden, or just trying to keep your favorite plants alive during our merciless drought, you need to be on guard and protect your garden investment from bugs. The dry summer weather is a veritable vacation for hungry bugs — […]

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

Organic images by El Dorado County artists on display

Two El Dorado County artists share the spotlight in the latest offering at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, with stunning displays of organic art in “Organic Origins,” starting Friday. “Organic art? What’s that? Is it veggie art that’s GMO-free?” quipped my hubby. “Silly,” I told him. “Organic art is a vital new movement […]

May 13, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Fire blight

By Kit Smith UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Fire blight was very prevalent in El Dorado Hills last spring and summer. Fire blight is a bacterium that infects pome trees such as pear, quince, apple, toyon and crabapple giving the trees a scorched appearance. The first sign of the blight infecting trees is […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

‘Sports Night’ at the Folsom Symphony

What a season we’ve experienced with the Folsom Symphony. Our new maestro Peter Jaffe continues to amaze and delight. At the most recent concert, he conducted Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” without a score. Yes, he memorized it. The entire thing. So, it should come as no surprise that the Folsom Symphony is flexing its “muscles” at […]

May 06, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Save the dates for local garden tours

Gardening, for the enthusiast, is a lifelong adventure. There are books covering every topic: landscaping, hardscaping, garden design styles, annuals, perennials … you name it. Then there are the tomes on the plant varieties within those categories. Drought-tolerant gardening is of special interest these days. Water restrictions in our community and in the surrounding area […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

‘Menagerie’ brings a new twist to the healing arts

The arts are many things. Creative outlets, certainly. Expressions of the individual within. They can make us cry. And laugh. With the world as crazy as it is, it is especially important to find good things to lift the spirit. A genuine smile is a balm for the soul faced with daily worries. The Gallery […]

April 08, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Straw bale gardening

By Barbara Finley UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Get a bale of straw. Add sun, water and fertilizer. Get it cooking. Plant and watch things grow. This is straw bale gardening (SBG). Maybe it’s not quite that simple; however, I have a young friend who had no prior gardening experience and her first […]

April 01, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,
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