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June 30, 2022

The Mountain Gardener: A visit to the lush Pacific Northwest

- Editor’s note: Columnist Jan Nelson wrote this week’s The Mountain Gardener during a visit to her sister’s home in British Columbia, Canada.


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The Mountain Gardener: Properly remove cover crops to reveal better soil

Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus is widely admired for his incredible knowledge and skills as a master orchardist, horticulturalist and teacher. I was lucky when, a couple of years ago, he visited a group of fellow designers and brought his favorite russet apples. Another time, he brought a dozen different kinds of potatoes that we roasted, critiqued and thoroughly enjoyed.

Let’s go fishing: Spring has sprung for fishermen

I am so excited to have sunny days ahead and so many options for fishing and outdoor opportunities.

The Mountain Gardener: Busy time of year for flowers, bugs, gardeners

Summer is officially almost here, although we all know it actually starts on Memorial Day weekend. What fun stuff should you be doing in the garden? What problems should you be on the lookout for? What troublemakers should you avoid planting?

Let’s go fishin’: Loch Lomond opens as salmon season nears

Loch Lomond opened to the public Friday, March 1. The opener brought clear blue skies, warm temperatures and some afternoon wind.

What are the Odds?

You never think that the last time is the last time. You think there will be more. You think you have forever, but you don’t. - unknown I believe it was in 1977 while my Hubby Norm and I were living in Santa Barbara, that he announced, “we...


Scotts Valley active shooter drill

Real-World Scare Briefly Halts ‘Active Shooter’ Drill

Officers and firefighters running through “active shooter” drills at Scotts Valley High School had to make a quick shift into a real-world situation on...