Phyllis Lee

Grow For It! Citrus in the home garden

What do you look forward to eating in the winter months? Could it be tangy, sweet, tart citrus? Many of these delicious, evergreen fruit trees can be successfully grown in areas of El Dorado County creating a beautiful-year round view and delectable fruit full of vitamin C. Choosing citrus for your garden will depend on […]

Grow For It! Yellow starthistle

Invasive weeds pose many problems throughout the foothills. They deplete the limited water in soils thus out-competing native grasses and other plantings that support biological diversity. Forage for wildlife as well as domestic animals is reduced and they can increase wildfire and flood danger. Yellow starthistle is an invasive weed high on the California Invasive […]

Grow For It!: Success with citrus

Do you love the smells and colors of citrus? Citrus can be grown in El Dorado County’s lower elevations or in microclimates that are devoid of cold air basins. We touched on various aspects of growing citrus in El Dorado County in a previous article and will now expand that information. There are many varieties […]

Grow For It!: Citrus in the foothills

Growing citrus can be very rewarding and it’s wonderful to harvest their beautiful colors of yellow, orange and green from our own backyards when days are short. A freshly picked lemon brings life to dishes prepared during the winter months. So what citrus trees do you plant to satisfy your sense of taste, level of […]

Grow For It! Fall garden chores

Even though fall marks the end of the growing season for most plants, it’s an important time to prepare the garden for next year. This is the time to renovate the garden or lawn and plant fall vegetables. Here are some tips to get started. There are several important steps to take entering the fall […]

Carson City welcomes ghost walkers

Carson City’s rich and intriguing history is explored and theatrically relived in seasonal Ghost Walking Tours with the first tour taking place on Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m. The Carson City Ghost Walk is a delightfully spooky and enjoyable way to experience Carson City’s Victorian Era and diverse past. Hear about lingering spirits of […]

USGS California Volcano Observatory opens in Menlo Park

“More than 500 volcanic vents have been identified in the State of California. At least 76 of these vents have erupted, some repeatedly, during the last 10,000 years. … Sooner or later, volcanoes in California will erupt again, and they could have serious impacts on the health and safety of the State’s citizens as well […]

Grow For It! Fall lawn care tips

Lawns are child and pet friendly, and a well cared for lawn really highlights a flower garden all year. The key to low-maintenance lawns is using best practices to reduce the need for and cost of pesticides, herbicides and water. Following is a watering and fertilizing guide to prepare your lawn for spring. A lawn’s […]

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