Gardeners, are you really ready to hit the dirt?

Cabin fever, frost, rain and worn-out pages of seed catalogs are the complete picture of … Read more

Lessons learned from a spider plant

It’s January, a time when co-workers, neighbors and friends seem to utter the same words … Read more

A few gardening myths dispelled

The next season of loading up our carts with spring plants, shrubs and trees is … Read more

Wildlife friendly gardening takes no special skills

When I moved into my present residence, I was told by the previous owner the … Read more

Keep pets dry, warm and safe

Don’t forget to bundle up your furry friend before you leave the house this winter. … Read more

Tropical cactus is easy to grow

It seems as though every year since I graduated from Texas A&M I have been … Read more

Gardening success is specific to elevation

When Master Gardener writers met recently to schedule the next series of media articles, it … Read more

Organic agriculture gives communities an economic boost

We already know organic and locally grown food is good for our environment and good … Read more

No-brainer holiday gifts for gardeners

Gardeners are loyal to their favorite “florescent, lavender-scented whatcha-callit” used for planting the “dumafitchit.” In … Read more

Sierra Living for November 25, 2017

Master Food Preserver training set The University of California Cooperative Extension, Central Sierra, will hold … Read more

Be thankful for all the things we have in the foothills and Sierras

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. A rafter of wild turkeys waddled through my garden and … Read more

How to DIY the holidays

Leaves aren’t just for expanding the size of your Thanksgiving table. Take the kind piling … Read more

Sierra Living Notes for November 11, 2017

Fiber artists meet today in Sonora The Studio 49 Fiber Arts Group will meet from … Read more

Understanding the science of plants can help improve gardening skills

Most gardeners know next to nothing about the physiology of plants. Often the only plant … Read more

Gem, mineral Swap and Sale today in Angels The Calaveras Gem and Mineral Society will … Read more

​For many decades, families have used natural decorations for the holidays. German immigrants brought the … Read more

For dogs, looks matter

By Karen Weintraub New York Times News Service Here’s looking at you, pup. The wide-eyed, … Read more

Black and boo! plants in the garden

The color of midnight is synonymous with the witching hour when the souls of the … Read more

Sierra Living Notes for October 21, 2017

Master Gardeners to hold volunteer training The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults … Read more

Leaf litter is truly an environmental windfall. Fallen leaves act as a wildlife boon enriching … Read more

Sierra Living notes for October 14, 2017

Fiber artists meet today in Sonora The Studio 49 Fiber Arts Group will meet from … Read more

40th annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire set Oct. 20-22 in Murphys

The Independence Hall Quilters Guild will hold its 40th annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire Oct. … Read more

Shipping containers an affordable building option

Tim Steele stood outside a pair of orange shipping containers on a hillside about two … Read more

After the long, hot summer this year, every living thing is looking forward to a … Read more

Sierra Living Notes for October 7, 2017

Plant sale today in Coulterville The Mariposa County Master Gardeners will hold its Fall Native … Read more

Sonora Seed Library prepares to close for the season

The Sonora Seed Library will close for the season at the end of the month, … Read more

Weavers embrace natural alternatives to toxic dyes

TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE, Mexico — As a child, Porfirio Gutiérrez hiked into the mountains above … Read more

Sierra Living notes for September 23, 2017

Open Garden Day today in San Andreas Calaveras County Master Gardeners will hold an Open … Read more

Native oaks, California’s other Mother Lode

Native oak trees have provided valuable services to California residents for centuries, if not millennia. … Read more

Volunteers sought for Great Sierra River Cleanup

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and … Read more

Walker’s quilts will be featured at annual Quilts and Threads Show

Quilting is a family legacy for Sonora resident Barbara Walker, who has been named the … Read more

Lessons offered at Gardening with Natives Symposium

The typical suburban backyard has an area of groomed lawn, flower beds which follow the … Read more

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