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The Mountain Gardener: Stories from a Pacific Northwest Garden - Part II
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 ...
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest column: Gibbs Ranch Resort and Zayante’s lost post office
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...
Jul 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Mountain Gardener: Challenges of organic gardening in the Pacific Northwest -- Part I
They live in a neighborhood of traditional landscaping. Large lawns surrounded by neat mounds of boxwood and foundation plants are the norm here in the Pacific Northwest. But Bob and Bev had a diff...
Jul 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Mountain Gardener: How weather affects our lives
Weather shapes our lives. We celebrate when the weather is good — although that might mean mild and sunny for the soccer game, or a rainy day when we desperately need it. We watch the Weather Chann...
Jul 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's Your Money: It's never too early to start a college fund
Scotts Valley voted last month to spend $35 million on its public schools with a goal of maintaining the district’s excellent record of sending 97 percent of its students to college. Preparing stud...
Jul 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nature Friendly: UCSC professor teaches science with reptiles and amphibians
We will be celebrating the recent ascension of the red-legged frog to California’s official state amphibian on our next Watershed Walk with Dr. Gage Dayton of UC Santa Cruz, an expert on reptiles a...
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Your Health: Pertussis epidemic present danger to infants, unimmunized
by Terry Hollenbeck, M.D.
Jul 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
According to a recent public health alert, California is experiencing an epidemic of pertussis, with over 5,000 cases reported this year. Santa Cruz County has had at least 60 known cases (twice th...
Let's Go Fishin': Salmon start to show in Monterey Bay
by Mike Baxter
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Over the past couple of weeks, schools of salmon have been roving the Monterey Bay. The fish are mixed in size and do not stay in one spot more than a few days. The addition of salmon back into our...
The Mountain Gardener: Replacing ground cover with drought-tolerant plants
by Jan Nelson
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Now that everyone has received a summer water bill or two, it’s hitting home about the need to conserve. I recently received this email which might describe your situation also. “I let my grass die...
Guest column: Meehan Siding, a forgotten piece of Zayante's history
by Derek Whaley
Jul 10, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Few would consider the village of Zayante as a bustling railroad town and, indeed, it never truly bustled. But it did draw tourists in droves. The community, historically located along East Zayante...
The Mountain Gardener: Different plants for different gardens and personalities
by Jan Nelson
Jul 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Gardens have different personalities. Some gardens mimic nature with plants that attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife and look a bit wild. Some are neat and tidy, with perennials lined up...
Plain Talk About Food: The preciousness of friendship and a summer peach cake
by Colly Gruczelak
Jul 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Do you remember the movie by Thornton Wilder “Our Town” and narrated by Hal Holbrook in the 1950s? This movie depicted the preciousness of time and friendship between two families living side-by-si...