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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 ,

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 ,
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