Robin Stanley

Grow For It! Creative and sustainable ways to help the landscape be firewise

The last few years have been sobering ones for foothill residents. Between the King Fire in 2014 and the Butte Fire in 2015, it has become increasingly important that people understand what options they have to create a landscape that is attractive, water-saving and firewise. For 15 years, UCCE Master Gardener Robin Stanley and her […]

Grow For It! A new look at water in the landscape and garden

Have you been wondering what to do with your landscape because of California’s ongoing drought? We have an old and tired 30-year-old landscape in need of renewal. For nine years, I managed the Hope Community Garden located in El Dorado on property owned by Federated Church. It was a wonderful place and gardeners harvested lots […]

Grow For It! Living with fire and a drought

It was hard to live in El Dorado County last summer and fall without realizing the impact of fire on our neighbors and ourselves. Whether you were breathing smoke, watching the fairgrounds being transformed into a small city of firefighters, reading the daily fire updates, or packing your possessions in the event you had to […]

Grow For It! Master Gardeners help you grow healthy in 2015

So how are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions? If you pledged to nourish your brain and body in positive ways for 2015, your local University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners have just the thing to help keep you on track. They are making some exciting additions to the class schedule and bringing […]

Grow For It! Gifts from the garden

Every year, Master Gardeners hold a holiday gathering to celebrate the past year. One of the fun parts of the event is an optional gift exchange, with the only rule being “Make It, Bake It or Grow It!” Adding to the fun is that you can “steal” gifts from others several times. It is fun […]

Grow For It! The resilient garden — being prepared for what Mother Nature brings

What do wildfires, droughts and floods all have in common? During the final days of February, all three were the topic of local newscasts. While they might seem a surprising combination, this year California has been, and may continue to be, at risk from all three. Year-round wildfires have occurred because drought has brought dangerously […]

Grow For It!: Master Gardener demonstration garden coming in 2014

Are you someone who likes to learn by doing? Do you wish you could see gardens full of plants that are particularly well suited for the West Slope climate? Do you want to learn how to garden using sustainable methods? Would you like to teach your children (or yourself) about gardening, with the guidance of […]

Grow For It!: Plant a row to make a difference

In February, I happened to be at the Fresno County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. Imagine my delight to see the event happening that day. The Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) project was sponsoring a drive-through citrus drop-off. I watched in amazement as car after car pulled up to unload trunk loads of oranges […]

Grow For It! Fire wise landscaping — a fresh look is good

If you are like many residents of the West Slope, you may have lost long-established plants to the prolonged freezing weather of January. At my Camino home, 3,000 foot in elevation, plants that have made it through many past winters are looking mighty unhappy right now. Luckily for me, we are overdue for a major […]

Grow For It!: Fall color — find it in your own backyard

My husband I take a fall foliage trip into the Sierra each October. Over the years, we have found lots of great Websites to help us plan the timing and route to see the season’s most beautiful color. Honestly, some of the most magnificent color we see each fall is right here in our own […]

Grow For It!: Plant a row for the hungry — get your hands dirty to give back

Wow — attendance at previous Master Gardener classes is on the way to setting records this year. So many people are interested in learning how to be better gardeners. But also know that many of you are already very successful gardeners; you’re people who grow loads of tasty vegetables, even last year, when many gardeners […]

Grow For It! A new look at fire season

Another myth up in smoke. If you are like most foothill residents, you have probably believed that wildfire season was just that — a season — as in, generally, summer and early fall. You probably assumed that once rainy weather came and snow closed roads in the Sierra, the fire danger was over. Not this […]

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