​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

Sierra Living Notes for September 2, 2017

Master Gardeners to host Open Garden Day Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County will host an … Read more

Animal activist plans rescue of two dogs, ends up with 10

Darlene Mathews was at Tuolumne County Animal Control the other day picking up two dogs … Read more

Sierra Living Notes for August 26, 2017

Weaving, spinning equipment for sale Used weaving and spinning equipment and overstocked yarn will be … Read more

Truth be told: Gardeners share their lessons

Gardening takes skill, patience and knowledge. It may be a bumpy road to having success … Read more

Hot summer days require a change in garden watering techniques

In past columns we’ve talked about evapotranspiration, the movement of water from the ground into … Read more

Sierra Living Notes for July 22, 2017

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

Students learn about hydrology, wildlife, forests, climate and ecology

Calaveras Big Trees State Park in June graduated 25 students from its California Naturalist Program. … Read more

Sierra Living Notes for July 15, 2017

Polystyrene collection set in August Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County with the help of Waste … Read more

St. John’s wort: friend or foe in the garden?

There are 490 species of St. John’s wort (Hypericum) worldwide. One species of Hypericum — … Read more

Even inexperienced gardeners can plant cosmos and benefit from its simplicity

A research paper on the cosmos flower stated: “The No. 1 reason everyone should grow … Read more

Black Hats donate $30K to Habitat for Humanity

The Black Hat Foundation last month donated $30,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Tuolumne County. … Read more

After the drought: What about the trees?

It’s a time of interesting contrasts. We’ve recently survived a sweltering heat wave, and our … Read more

Sierra Living Notes for July 1, 2017

Open Garden Day set July 8 in Sonora Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County will hold … Read more

Divide garden into ‘rooms’ before starting ‘remodel’

Good bones is a term frequently applied to anything that has a strong foundation. In … Read more

Sierra Living Notes for June 24, 2017

Garden problem clinic, plant sale today in San Andreas The Calaveras County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration … Read more

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