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The Mountain Gardener: Traveling with the Mountain Gardener
So far this year, my travels have taken me up the coast of California and parts north. Then I headed a bit east to explore the Sierra Nevadas. Statistics show that the drought is affecting all part...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Valley People: From Switzerland to Scotts Valley, gardens green for Schweizer family
Alice Schweizer, manager of Redwood Nursery in Scotts Valley, has happy childhood memories of running through orchards and working in the vegetable garden with her mother. Schweizer’s parents, Emma...
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The Mountain Gardener: Living fences make good neighbors
To quote Robert Frost from his 1914 poem “Mending Walls”: “Good fences make good neighbors.” When I visited Eastern Poland a couple of years ago, each house and garden was enclosed with a fence or ...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Your Health: Causes, symptoms and care for peripheral neuropathy
As part of my cancer treatment journey, I have developed a pretty severe case of peripheral neuropathy of my feet. I was warned that the chemotherapy could cause neuropathy, but I didn't know it wo...
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It’s Your Money: Interest rates can’t match inflation
There’s a joke about the milk bottle game at Coney Island: A terrible storm swept through and flattened the entire amusement park; nothing was left standing — except those milk bottles. It’s not re...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Healthy Living: One-way ticket to Alcatraz
I've always heard of the Alcatraz swims but never thought I'd actually do one. About two months ago, my friend Corvin — a determined athlete who is losing both his sight and hearing due to Usher Sy...
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Plain Talk About Food: Spatchcocking a Chicken
by Colly Gruczelak
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
Mention to anyone that you are serving Spatchcocked Chicken for dinner and the ladies will blush, the men will frown and the children will giggle. Ireland has been using this method of grilling or ...
The Mountain Gardener: Notes from the Garden
by Jan Nelson
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
They’re called the Dog Days of Summer. You know those sultry days with the hottest summer temperatures. The Romans associated the hot weather between July 24 and Aug. 24 with the star Sirius, which...
Let's Go Fishin': Albacore evade anglers
by Mike Baxter
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
I try to avoid the overused term “El Nino.” I will admit, at this time, the water is warmer than average and would lead me to think it should be a good year for albacore fishing. This assumption, s...
Nature Friendly: Water mismanagement intensifies drought conditions
by Carol Carson
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
This year, Loch Lomond never opened. There was no children’s laughter or the sight of kayaks cutting through alpine waves or a fisherman in a bucket hat decorated with lures. The fish are jumpin’ b...
The Mountain Gardener: Stories from a Pacific Northwest Garden - Part II
by Jan Nelson
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Last Christmas, I gave my sister a Beni Kawa Japanese maple. This tree sports even brighter red bark in the winter than the more familiar Coral Bark maple. She recently sent me a picture of a deer ...
Guest column: Gibbs Ranch Resort and Zayante’s lost post office
by Derek Whaley
Jul 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Deep in the mountains north of Scotts Valley, the residents along Weston Road may not realize that their gated community once justified its own post office. Albert W.J. Gibbs saw the potential of t...