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Seeds: Brothers and sisters, it is time to save your soil

Sep 19, 2014

Plants (and people) aren’t the only ones suffering through this epic drought. Our soil has taken a huge hit, too.

“Our soils are scorched,” said Gisele Schoniger of Kellogg Garden Products. “They need replenishment more than fertilizer.”

Early fall is an ideal time to give our soil...

Chamber music flows ‘Along the Danube’

Sep 18, 2014

Mention Danube and violins, and a familiar waltz immediately comes to mind.

To Bill Barbini, the Danube represents a lot more than Johann Strauss’ greatest hit. The European river that inspired Strauss’ lilting “By the Beautiful Blue Danube” also ties together many other classical composers.

“Follow the Danube...

Seeds: Quilters piece together tribute to State Parks

Sep 12, 2014

From simple needle and thread grew history preserved in fabric.

Inspired by their favorite state parks, quilters throughout California pieced together a fitting tribute to a milestone anniversary. And now the public is invited to two parties to celebrate – including one today.

California’s State Parks system...

Seeds: Begonias survive shaker, now ready for show

Sep 5, 2014

Joan Coulat admits she was shook up by the Aug. 24 Napa quake – and so were a thousand begonias.

These prized plants already had been through some near-death experiences. But they’re true survivors – and remarkably thriving.

“Now, I just want somebody to come and buy them,”...

Historic Woodland ready for annual Stroll

Aug 29, 2014

There are benefits to being off the beaten path.

Richard Bellows cites location as key to the preservation of Woodland’s downtown, filled with buildings a century old or more.

“We’re not on Highway 99,” said Bellows, a local historian. “A lot of (central California) cities probably had mansions...

Seeds: Trees need extra TLC during drought

Aug 22, 2014

Walk down almost any residential street in Sacramento and you’ll see the cumulative effects of this dry, dry year. Often in the middle of a brown lawn stands a very sad, droopy tree.

Once drought restrictions are lifted, the lawn can be renewed or replaced in a matter of weeks. But...

Seeds: Preserve that produce on

Aug 15, 2014

Got too many tomatoes? Cucumbers piling up? Overloaded with peaches? It’s time to can it – and we know some folks willing to help.

Today is International Can-It-Forward Day, a celebration of harvest preservation. This self-proclaimed holiday is the brain child of Jarden Home Brands, the makers of Ball brand...

A taste of honey – and the words to describe it

Aug 12, 2014

Describe honey. It’s not as simple as you may think.

“Most people just say ‘sweet,’ ” said Amina Harris, director of the Honey and Pollination Center at UC Davis’ Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Science. “But honey is so much more.”

Depending on its nectar...

Seeds: Bad bugs invade our summer gardens

Aug 8, 2014

With armored bodies or weapon-shaped limbs, they look like creatures from an unfriendly alien world – or a blockbuster movie. But their damage is very real. Seemingly out of nowhere, they invade to suck the joy out of our tranquil summer harvest.

It’s the Invasion of the Bad Bugs.

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Seeds: Harvest Day celebrates home-grown food

Aug 1, 2014

Weather willing, a huge crowd is expected to turn out for today’s Harvest Day. Rain is (almost) never the issue; it’s the heat.

“We had 3,000 people turn out last year, our largest crowd ever,” said Judy McClure, Sacramento County’s master gardener coordinator. “We expect about the same, if the weather...

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