APRIL GARDEN RECOMMENDATIONS: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following April gardening tips: – April 15th is the estimated last frost date for the Placerville area; El Dorado Hills estimated date is April l; and Pollock Pines is May 1. – Sow annual flowers and warm season vegetables outdoors after the last frost. – […]
Front Yard Nursery is celebrating 20 years in business and to mark the occasion will have a big sale on March 24 and 26. Customers will get 15 percent off all purchases and be treated to popcorn, lemonade and raffle prizes. With the arrival of spring, the sale comes at the perfect time to get […]
FEBRUARY GARDENING TIPS: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offered the following gardening advice for February: “- Apply third and final dormant spray on fruit trees (just before bud break) – this is the most important of the three sprays. – Fertilize annuals and perennials with a low nitrogen starter fertilizer or rose & flower food. […]
There’s nothing that will improve a home’s appearance more than gorgeous, plentiful plants that are top quality and guaranteed to thrive in the El Dorado County environment. You’re sure to find the best selection and value from the knowledgeable folks at Front Yard Nursery. 5801 Mother Lode Drive Placerville 530-626-3494
GARDEN ADVICE FOR SEPTEMBER: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following garden tips for September: -” Lawn repair: rough up bare spots with a rake, scratch in grass seed, cover with mulch and keep moist. – Prune berry bushes to the ground when they finish fruiting. Train up new canes. – Plant snapdragons, pansies, […]
PUT ON THOSE WORK GLOVES: “-Plant warm season vegetable seeds or starts. -Prune spring blooming shrubs immediately after bloom. -Check roses for aphids and hose off plants if you find any. Feed roses with systemic fertilizer if needed. -Start a new lawn from seed or sod. Stop by for a free planting guide. -Thin fruit […]
Best Nursery/Garden Store: The deer have been wreaking havoc with your perfect roses, and you’ve had enough. Go to Front Yard Nursery and not only will they educate you about “deer-proof” plantings, but they will let you know what kinds of plants and flowers do best in the foothills climate. Most of the plants and […]
The office of the Front Yard Nursery on Mother Lode Drive in Placerville was damaged by a small fire Wednesday morning.
Cal Fire personnel from “across the way” received a call to the fire at 7:36 a.m., Diamond Springs Fire Chief Bryan Ransdell said. They were first on scene five minutes later. Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Fire and Cameron Park Fire all quickly arrived and “within 10 minutes” the fire was contained, said Ransdell, who led the firefighting operation.
GARDENING TIPS FOR MARCH: The Front Yard Nursery offers the following gardening tips for March: ” – Put yellow jacket traps out early to trap the Queen. – Plant cool season vegetables. Sow warm season veggies indoors. See us for planting guide. – Rototill gardens and add organic matter. Do a soil test to see […]
The neighborhood nursery industry has become a vanishing species due to the economy of the past few years. “It’s been brutal,” said Chris Aycock, manager for El Dorado Nursery. “I’ve never worked so hard for so little. There was a time when you couldn’t even give a tree away.”
With many losing their homes to foreclosure, few chose to continue to maintain their yards. So, local nurseries adapted.
“We cut back our landscaping crews and really expanded the nursery,” said Lexi High of Green Valley Nursery.
CHIPMUNK ADVICE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Chipmunk” T-shirt statement: “Be playful * Hit the ground running * It’s OK to be a little cheeky * Earn your stripes * Plan ahead * Be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed * Stay chipper!” DECEMBER GARDENING TIPS: The Front Yard Nursery’s newsletter offers the following garden tips […]
NOVEMBER GARDEN TIPS: The Front Yard Nursery Newsletter notes the following November gardening recommendations: “- Knock down basins around trees so rain will drain off. – Plant spring blooming bulbs. Be sure to use bulb food or bone meal and amend the soil. – Transplant trees, shrubs, and perennials. Amend the soil before planting and […]
It’s that time of year when hundreds of kids, moms, dads, grandparents and neighbors come to the Gold Oak Harvest Festival to support Gold Oak Elementary School. All are welcome to this free festival at Gold Oak School, 3171 Pleasant Valley Road in the Pleasant Valley area, on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 4:30 – 8:15 […]
NOT SO MODEST T-SHIRT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “When God created me he as just showing off.” BREAKFAST IN COLOMA: A “49er Flapjack Breakfast” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49, Coloma (in the Marshall Gold Discovery Park). Breakfast includes […]
Summer vegetables fresh from the garden taste delicious, but biting into a newly picked winter vegetable … that’s a special treat. “Fall is a great time to plant,” say the folks at Front Yard Nursery. Employee and American River College horticulture student Luke Geddes can tell customers everything they need to know to get from seed […]
SUMMER SPECTACULAR: The Cameron Park “Summer Spectacular” takes place on Saturday, June 29, at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd. Gates open at 2 p.m. This fun event will include musical entertainment, food, crafts exhibits, contests, and a world-class fireworks show. For more information, visit www.cameronpark.org or call 530-677-2231. YOGI BERRA QUOTE: Toby and Molly […]
SHOW ME THE MONEY: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I thought I wanted a career . . . turns out I just wanted paychecks.” ART WORK BENEFITS LIBRARY: Thanks to the generosity of Jack Sweeney, the Friends of the El Dorado County Library are raffling off a beautiful painting by local artist Thaleia […]
On Saturday, June 15 enjoy a self-guided tour featuring whimsical garden art, the sound of water bubbling in fountains and ponds, fragrant flowers spilling over the path and maybe a vegetable to taste; these are just a few of the treasures to enjoy in the six gardens on the Divide Garden Club’s tour. This is […]
Mark the calendars for Saturday, June 15.That is when the Divide Garden Club annual plant sale is taking place on South Street, across the street from the United States Post Office. Whimsical garden art, the sound of water bubbling in fountains and ponds, fragrant flowers spilling over the path and maybe a vegetable to taste; […]
When it comes to vegetables, fresh is best. Canned, frozen or pickled, they can be eaten year-round. But when it comes to taste, there is nothing like picking your vegetables out of the garden and serving them at the next meal. And it’s not cheating if you pop a few cherry tomatoes or fresh peas […]
If you build it, they will come … right? The Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope followed this “golden rule” in its pursuit of implementing and expanding its garden program, “Positive Sprouts.” Meghann Hoard, director of member services for the Boys and Girls Club, got the ball rolling when she reached […]
IRISH BLESSING: Fay Harnage of Placerville provided the following Irish Blessing: “May you always be blessed with walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, a warm cup of tea by the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all that your heart might desire.” DINNER, RAFFLE AND PRIZES: The […]
NEW BOSS: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt observation: “RETIRED. Under New Management! See Spouse for Details.” A BRAND NEW YEAR: Happy New Year! Monika and I wish you good health, good friends, interesting conversations, and a ton of love for 2013. READER’S DELIGHT: Used books are for sale on the first Saturday of […]
STICK YOUR BIG FOOT OUT AND SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT: John Chapman provided the following positive T-shirt statement: “‘The Hokey Pokey’ clinic — a place to run yourself around.” MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE! Monika and I wish you rainbows of love for the holidays. We wish you good friends, good conversations, and funny experiences. We love […]
IDENTITY THEFT REJECTION: Carlyn White sent me the following interesting statement: “Somebody stole my identity last week. Today, they showed up at my door and pleaded for me to take it back.” AWARD APPLICATIONS NEEDED: Placerville Soroptimist Club is seeking applicants for the Violet Richardson award, which honors women between the ages of 14 and […]
DO NOT INTERRUPT NAPS: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Consciousness — that annoying moment between nap-times.” HOLIDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club will meet at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Dr., Placerville, at 1 p.m. The entertainment for this luncheon will be the Sensational […]
Every year hundreds of children, moms, dads, grandparents and neighbors come to the Gold Oak Harvest Festival at 3171 Pleasant Valley Road in the Pleasant Valley area. This year the festival is on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. Organizers are pumping up the volume a little — literally — with the center […]
Today’s gardens are delicious, water conscious “Let’s go out back to get a snack.” It’s an idea more people have adopted over the years. The home garden has made a comeback, according to Front Yard Nursery senior salesman Chris Elliott. “Most people have been planing home orchards and edible landscaping,” Elliott said, crediting higher grocery […]
Beautiful heads of neon green lettuce, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, green beans, carrots, chard, peppers, herbs, onions and cucumbers are filling up the one acre-garden at Green Valley Community Church. “We have more than 20 acres here,” said Ginger Jacob, Community Care Director for GVCC. “We’re blessed with a great piece of property and we wanted […]
The Front Yard Nursery, 5801 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having a Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Clinic and Fruit Tasting after the clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information call 530-626-3494.
GARDEN HINTS FOR JUNE: The Front Yard Nursery Newsletter offers the following garden advice for June: “• Rebuild watering basins around trees and shrubs for deep watering. • Protect ripening fruit with bird netting or scare tactics such as reflective tape, plastic owls, old CDs, plastic snakes, old neckties or wind chimes. Put up just as […]
What: Gardens of the Gold Country Who: Gold Oak Education Foundation Where: Begins at Gold Oak School, 3171 Pleasant Valley Road, Placerville When: Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Pre-sale tickets are $30 each for tour only and $35 each for tour and lunch. Day of the event tickets are $45 for tour […]
IT PAYS TO BE KIND: Thumbing through the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, I found the following kind thought: “Telling someone something that you like, admire, or appreciate about them is a random act of kindness. It takes almost no effort (once you get used to it), yet it pays enormous dividend.” DOG SHOW […]
You can earn your Blue Thumb by using water efficiently in your landscape and taking the “Blue Thumb Pledge.” It is fast and simple and by taking the pledge you can earn a free pair of “Blue Thumb” garden gloves. The measures include pledging to: Quickly repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads; water your landscape early […]
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” graced the neon-yellow T-shirts of more than 70 young people who spent their spring break in a labor of love — transforming the Missouri Flat mill houses area on Wedge Hill off Missouri Flat Road from dilapidated to cheerful.
Dozens of students from the Solid Rock Faith Center, Cameron Park Christian Center and Cold Springs Community Church banded together on Wednesday and Thursday to build fences, create a new play area with a play structure, plant trees and flowers, cut back overgrowth, clean and revamp road beds and landscape for the common area shared by some 13 homes.
“We usually go on a mission to Los Angeles or Mexico during the break,” said Sean Pritchard, youth pastor for Solid Rock, “but this year we decided to do something in our own community. Often you don’t even realize the need is there.”
YOU WILL SURVIVE: A glance at the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar reveals the following thought: “The best and most effective way to maintain a grateful spirit and to keep yourself from being overwhelmed is to remember that all things — even the hard things — will pass.” • • • BOWLING FOR A GOOD CAUSE : The […]
YOUR FELLOW GENIUS: John Chapman sent me the “sign” statement: “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay here forever.” — Winnie the Pooh • • • GETTING RID OF ELECTRONICS: It’s possible to recycle your own electronics at the Electronic Waste Drop-Off site, located in the […]
HILLBILLY STATEMENT? John Chapman gave me the following doormat statement: “Ring Doorbell and Run. The Dog Needs Exercise.” • • • SANTA SNAPSHOTS: The California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, (Town Center), El Dorado Hills, is presenting a “Picture with Santa” event through Dec. 24. Photo packages start at $22.99. Stop by for goody bags, […]
WALKING FOR LOVE: The following T-shirt statement was provided by John Chapman: “Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?” • • • PATIENT CANINE LISTENERS: Canine listeners are available at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. Kids can learn how to read out loud to the […]
What: Homes for the Holidays tour Who: Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills Where: Homes in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger Information: 916-549-3869 Can you imagine decorating your home for Christmas in September? Debra Bogowitz can. When the […]
A miniscule Planning Commission quorum approved a conditional use permit for a 10-bed vocational group home at 497 Canal St. at last Tuesday’s meeting. The residential facility, next door to El Dorado High School, will house up to 10 male youths, 13-18 years of age, and will be operated by the Tahoe Turning Point Group […]
MY TENNIS GAME DEFINED: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Prepare to be annoyed.” My tennis friends at Four Seasons describe my tennis game as “annoying.” • • • BREAKFAST IN EL DORADO: A pancake breakfast, which includes pancakes, bacon, eggs, and coffee, will be available on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to noon at the […]
Every year hundreds of kids, moms, dads, grandparents, and neighbors come to the Gold Oak Harvest Festival at Gold Oak Elementary School. The festival is Saturday, Oct. 29, at the school, 3171 Pleasant Valley Road in the Pleasant Valley area and is from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. This year the organizers are pumping up the volume […]