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September Yard of the Month

By Staff

Homeowner: Marc Cadez. Address: 2603 Partridge Court. Walk around the yard: The landscape of the September Yard of the Month, the final winning yard of the 2011 season, is meticulously maintained by Gary Wuster and his daughter Julie ...

Drip: Oct. 15, 2011

By Staff

OUTDOOR FAUCET LEAK CHECK: Now is the time to check your outdoor faucets for leaks. Fix them now before freezing temperatures force more extensive repairs. The Drought Response Information Project (DRIP) is a collaboration by the ...


Winterize your garden to be ready for next year

By Rachel Sauer

Like the people who plant them, every garden is different, a living organism with personality and heart. And, at this time of year, drooping eyelids. Winter is coming. It’s time for gardens to sleep. And it’s time for home ...

Homegrown: Oct. 8, 2011

By Dennis Hill

I just received a Mandevilla from a friend, and I am wondering if I plant it outside will it be able to live through the winter here? I know nothing about this plant. What can you tell me? — Paulette I’m afraid Mandevilla are ...

Sustainability: Oct. 8, 2011

By Adele Israel

The next generation of efficient vehicles will save money at the pump, improve national security and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. New fuel economy standards crafted by President Barack Obama and auto makers raise the bar for new cars ...


Caught in a bind? How to kill this obnoxious weed

By Rachel Sauer

A distinction should be made between noxious and obnoxious weeds. Noxious weeds are the non-native species, the invasive, aggressive weeds that bully native plants, threaten ecosystems and demand immediate and decisive eradication. Obnoxious ...

Homegrown: Lilac bushes

By Dennis Hill

For the past 2 years our lilac bushes have failed to bloom. Last year not even a bud. This year a few of the bushes got buds and only two little flowers opened up. I would like some blossoms next year. What can I do?? — Thanks, ...

Homegrown: Shasta daisies

By Dennis Hill

Two years ago, I put out 97 Shasta daisies along my drive. The first year I lost about 30, replaced them and last winter lost all of the replacements, including some of the established plants. The bed is bordered on the south by a three-rail ...

062411 Canning

End of the world, or not, there will be canned jam

By Rachel Sauer

I read a lot of novels about the end of the world. I’m not sure why, because I wallow in a paranoid funk for days afterward, but these books have their uses. After I read “Lucifer’s Hammer” the first time, I bought a ...

Homegrown: Petunias, rose shrubs

By Dennis Hill

I have some petunias that I kept indoors over the winter. They have developed a cream-colored, almost sandy-feeling substance on them. What is it and what should I do? — Michelle I’m not sure what’s going on with your ...

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