Barbara Finley

Grow For It! Welcome the beneficials

I am in search of the rove beetle; have you seen one or better yet — a dozen? Rumor has it that they devour snails and I do need that. They inhabit piles of decaying organic material. So, next I need to establish an insectary area near the vegetable garden where the snails are hard […]

Grow For It! Bringing pollinators home

Home gardens and yards come in all sizes and shapes: grass, trees, shrubs and flowers. But do you see the all-important bees and butterflies in your yard? Perhaps a hummingbird or two, among other birds? Garden and landscape ideas evolve over time, whether due to climate change, new ideas or new learning. Using native and […]

Grow For It! Square-foot gardening

Have you heard of square-foot gardening? It’s a system where the seeds or plants are planted in an area the size of a square foot. It is a way of gardening that requires less work, less space and less water. And, it provides food for the table. The garden is built in a series of […]

Grow For It! What are you going to do with a brown lawn?

It’s officially fall and we are still in a drought and we still have watering restrictions. Front lawns that are visible are in all shades of brown. Will those lawns be restored with a good rainy season, or, are they done for? If you are in this position, what is your plan for the area? […]

Grow For It! The best time of the year

Yes, it’s that time again, the fifth annual Fall Master Gardener Plant Sale. And it promises to be a great one. The sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. As usual, Master Gardeners have been hard […]

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