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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Unusual summer led to unexpected harvests

Seeds: Unusual summer led to unexpected harvests

Banana peppers grew well in the Hodges garden, situated at 2,300 feet in elevation. Farm to fork? Try backyard to table. Area gardeners are way ahead of Sacramento’s first Farm-to-Fork Week, which kicks off today. These urban farmers h...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Straw bale gardens keep growing

Seeds: Straw bale gardens keep growing

Karen Sellers harvests beets from her Sacramento straw bale garden. The beets grew quickly from seed and didn't bolt during the summer heat. Slouching like a gardener on a hot August afternoon, my straw bales sag under the weight of their growi...

The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Tiny town needs a home; tomatoes need warm night

Seeds: Tiny town needs a home; tomatoes need warm night

Details on Quattro’s tiny works include crushed-rock “soil” and real glass windows. Tony Quattro worries that time is running out for his tiny town. It needs a place to go. “I’m getting desperate,” he sai...

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The Sacramento Bee
Newcastle’s Maple Rock Gardens opens its gates for Tomato Fest

Newcastle’s Maple Rock Gardens opens its gates for Tomato Fest

This new stone path -- lined with aeoniums, portulaca and other succulents -- leads to a waterfall at Maple Rock Gardens. Some gardens just have to be seen to be fully appreciated. They inspire awe — as well as ideas. Nestled in the Si...

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The Frame
Lima’s dreaded leaden skies

Lima’s dreaded leaden skies

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- For roughly four months a year, the sun abandons Peru's seaside desert capital, suffocating it under a ponderous gray cloudbank and fog that coats the city with nighttime drizzles. The 19th-century writer and seafarer Herman...

Exposures
I Care: Cat rescue finds homes for shelter cats and more

Jul 21, 2013
I Care: Cat rescue finds homes for shelter cats and more

A curious tabby reaches out from her kitty condo at the city's Front Street shelter and "makes biscuits" on Andrea Phillips' blue jeans. The cat's outgoing personality is exactly what Phillips hopes to see in a rescue. She checks to see how long the animal has been there and whether she's at risk of...

The Sacramento Bee
Books: Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s reading list

Books: Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s reading list

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony KennedyIn March, Sacramento native Anthony Kennedy came home for the dedication of a library named in his honor. The U.S. Supreme Court justice looked on proudly as a wing of the Sacramento federal cou...

The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento-area bike shops peddle recumbent tricycles to aging pedalers

Sacramento-area bike shops peddle recumbent tricycles to aging pedalers

Jack Orlove of Lincoln, above, prepares to ride his recumbent tricycle with a group along the American River Parkway trail in Sacramento on a recent Saturday.Tricycles are for tots, right? Fair Oaks businessman Mickey O'Brien is betting that's no...

Appetizers
Where to start in world of ‘weird’ state fair food?

Jul 13, 2013
Where to start in world of ‘weird’ state fair food?

By Anthony Siino asiino@sacbee.com Fair food falls into two camps: the impractical and the insane. No matter what, you're hoping that your dip into the foodie freak show doesn't murder your gut like it did your wallet. Here are some treats to try duri...

Exposures
I Care: Firework sales send kids to asthma camp

Jun 30, 2013
I Care: Firework sales send kids to asthma camp

Braving oppressive summer heat in his tiny shack at the corner of Elder Creek and Power Inn roads in south Sacramento, Alfred Brown waits for a rush of customers to buy his fireworks. Sales will help send 75 kids with asthma to summer camp at the California FairPlay Asthma Camp at Camp Arroyo in...

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