Heidi Napier

Grow For It! Masting in California native oaks

Masting in oaks is a fascinating phenomenon. It has nothing to do with sailing ships; mast comes from the Old English maest, meaning a bumper crop of nuts on the ground. Acorns and other nuts were important sources of livestock feed in the Middle Ages, so a maest year was good. Masting refers to reproductive […]

Grow For It! Brown recluse spiders

The brown recluse spider has been the subject of news stories and the cause of fear in many people. It can deliver a nasty, painful bite. Are there brown recluse spiders in California? No. In spite of the stories and warnings you may hear and read, the only brown recluses documented in California have been […]

Grow For It! Orchids in the home

Orchids have been a subject of human fascination for hundreds of years. Europeans began collecting orchids from Asia and the West Indies in the early 1700s, and they brought tons of plants to England, but few survived the long trip in the hold of a ship. There are plenty of orchids native to Europe, but […]

Grow for It! Kale and collards

Kale and collards are two of the easiest vegetables to grow and they are delicious to eat. They are both members of the cabbage family (cruciferae), along with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mustard and other vegetables. They are two of the oldest known cultivated vegetables, having been grown by the Romans and Greeks more than 2,000 […]

Grow For It!: Poisonous plants and pets

Many of the plants grown in our yards are toxic to dogs and cats. Some can be fatal, but many cause nonfatal — but annoying — symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and drooling. Because of dogs’ indiscriminate eating and chewing habits, they are much more commonly poisoned than cats. For lots of good information on […]

Grow for it! Pesticide poisoning in pets — part 2

Last week, the Master Gardener article focused on insecticides that can be poisonous to pets. In this week’s article, the focus is on an additional group of pesticides that can also be toxic to pets. Master Gardeners continue to emphasize the minimal use of these products because they not only can be harmful to beneficial […]

Grow for it!: Pesticide poisoning in pets is an important topic — part I

In our Master Gardener training, we are taught to minimize the use of pesticides because they kill beneficial insects and wildlife. Pesticides can also kill pets. Because of their indiscriminate eating and chewing habits, dogs are much more likely to be poisoned than cats. The most common poisonings that I’ve seen in dogs in this […]

Grow For It!: Flea and tick control

The common flea of cats and dogs is an annoying pest and carries diseases. A cat or small dog may become anemic from fleas. Adult fleas live on the host. Flea eggs fall off the host, hatching in 1-3 days. The larvae develop into adult fleas in a few weeks or months, depending on temperature […]

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Grow For It! Living with Native Oaks

We are blessed with many native oak trees in El Dorado County. They provide shade for our homes, wood to heat our homes and food and homes for wildlife. The most common species are blue oaks, valley oaks, live oaks, black oaks and canyon oaks. Blue oaks are very common; they are a medium size […]

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