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Autumn – what a glorious time of the year. This year has been particularly wonderful. To have azaleas and chrysanthemums blooming at the same time is truly a treat. Add to that the lantana, roses, bottle brush and pink muhly lavishing us with beautiful bloom, and life is good. We are also bl…

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Triple digit temperatures and devastating wild fires creating dense smoke for days. Social distancing and the lockdown of local businesses, all because of the Corona virus, which also caused a shortage of products and of course the usage of masks and seemingly gallons of hand sanitizer. Then…

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Maywood DaVinci Middle School in Corning honored the following students with Student of the Month certificates for the month of September: Andrew Rodriguez, Britney Rodriguez, Maria Villa, Jazlyn Dawana, Draven Tregoning, Haleena Brown, Kiara Ortiz, Mackayna Renee Morgan, Korban Candee, Lill…

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Gardening Friends are the best of friends--they give you plants! I cherish my friends and the plants they have given me over the years. This time of year, I’m enjoying my Maximilian Sunflower, or Helianthus maximilliani, given to me by friend and former neighbor Rosie Bennett.

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Cowboy Beef Stew is from Beef It's What's For Dinner.

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Corning High School honored several students with Student of the Month certificates for the month of September. Awards were presented to the following students: Agriculture – Cynthia Aguirre, Angel Castillo; Career Tech Education – Emma Carter, Faith Janssen, Lilia Rodriguez, Clay Reid, Xavi…

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Under the semi-shade of our redwood trees my wife and I have established a plant infirmary for those stricken and ofttimes neglected plants. There, these unfortunate ones frequently recover and are joined with mother earth . . .

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Years ago, fall was my least favorite season: my kids were going back to school; gloomy skies, rain, snow. That was before my teaching years, and before retirement and gardening. Now I welcome fall because it comes with a round of fresh brilliant blooms on plants that have held off all summe…

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Woodson Elementary School in Corning recognized the following students with Student of the Month certificates for the month of September: kindergarten-Whitney Bradley, Tristan Hooper, and Ella Rohr: first grade-Elijah Adema, Autumn Houston, Arleene Martinez; second grade-Emiliano Arce, Lee B…

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On March 1, I tore the retina in my left eye - don’t know how, don’t know why … I just remember stretching up as I trimmed back the wisteria that frames our backdoor and suddenly only seeing black in one eye. Six months and four surgeries later, I can again see well. I will forever be gratef…

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Succulents are all the rage. Plant nurseries have now joined with the big box stores and their shelves are overflowing with exotic succulents and cacti. They are forefront in all their displays. They have taken center stage. You can even find them in grocery stores and outside some pharmacies.

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My mother-in-law, Margaret Bauer, loved bamboo and this may be an understatement. She had a grove of Golden Bamboo that extended 60 feet along the north side of her house. My husband tried tirelessly to convince her to let him remove it – to no avail. 

Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement of support for Proposition 15, the split-roll property tax initiative, California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson said the endorsement ignores the measure’s harmful impact on the state’s rural communities.

Being a country girl living in the small town of Corning during the early 1950’s, my first introduction to an orchid was in a small florist box that contained an orchid corsage. This was in that long-ago time when girls waited for the dial phone to ring, as only boys could ask for a date to …

Having an inquisitive mind, and desiring to improve my garden, I happened upon The Back to Eden gardening phenomenon while doing some leisurely research. The recognized creator of this concept, Paul Gautschi, a fervent disciple of permaculture, preaches a natural, holistic form of gardening.…

Looking around my garden I realized I wanted more color! With isolation time we’ve accomplished many projects that were on the back burner, but as time has moved on, I really needed more mood-boosting, cheerful color.  

Creating garden vignettes is fun and easy. A vignette is actually a small scene put together within your landscape or around your home. They can be used to enhance your entryway or fill in an empty space along a fence or bare wall. They can be centered to break up a large expanse of lawn. Th…

Here I sit looking out the window at all the wonder that surrounds us. The trees are swaying gently in the breeze. I listen and hear only the sounds of birds singing and can admire the vast forest fading into the distance. What a glorious day and what a beautiful place. No, I’m not at home b…

During these days of stay at home COVID-19 guidelines, we have had plenty of time to enjoy our backyard, flowers, trees, and birds. It is good to find something positive to focus on throughout these challenging times.

Avid gardeners will plant thousands of plants over the course of many years. It's easy to pull a plant out of its pot and drop it into a hole and push soil around it. Sometimes just doing that is all that's needed.

A few years ago while browsing in the garden section of a store with my BFF (best friend forever) she suddenly stopped and said “Look, there’s Harry Lauder”.  As I was looking around to see where this person was, she said “It’s a shrub, silly.”  So, that is how I met my new shrub.

The 2020 Tehama District Fair Beef Carcass contest results were announced at an Ice Cream Social hosted by Tehama County Cattlemen (TCCA) and Tehama District Fair (TDF) on June 17, in the Tehama Room at the Tehama District Fairgrounds, with Aiden Flood, Bowman 4-H, receiving a $1,000 check f…

A few weeks ago, Cathy Wilson’s article was on the grass/lawns that connect her garden spaces. This week I am writing about the trees in my garden/yard. While grass/lawns are “connectors”, I consider trees “protectors.” Trees beautify and add value to property, help clean the air we breathe,…

What is the first aloe that comes to your mind? Undoubtedly, it is the ubiquitous Aloe Vera. This aloe is associated with many medicinal remedies, treating heartburn and skin irritations, lowering blood sugar, eliminating halitosis and relieving constipation. It is even used as a primary ing…

I doubted my Master Gardener friend and fellow garden club member when she told me my mystery plant was a Coreopsis. I was like, “Hmmm.”  I’ve never told her she was right - again, so here’s my apology.

It all began with a visit to my 95 year old cousin, Helen. When I looked out her dining room window, I discovered that the Persian Ivy along the porch was blocking the view. My solution was to grab a pair of pruning shears and get to work.