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The Mountain Gardener: The Mountain Gardener’s favorite plant combinations
I love my smart phone. I can’t imagine a day without it. A friend of mine told me that I would discover uses that I could only have imagined when I first got it. One of the simple things I use it f...
Sep 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Mountain Gardener: Treats and tips for the September garden
You can feel the weather changing as summer winds down. It’s more than just the passing of the Labor Day holiday and the school year starting. The nights are longer and cooler. The days are not qui...
Sep 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Your Health: Addressing abdominal pain
At one time or another, all of us have experienced abdominal pain. It is one of the most common complaints seen in emergency rooms. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem, ...
Sep 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Mountain Gardener: How to create atmosphere in the garden
Summer may be winding down, but we still have lots of great outdoor weather to enjoy for several more months. This means more time to spend outdoors in the garden relaxing, entertaining, and cookin...
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Santa Cruz Trains: Big Trees Station, two resorts for the price of one stop
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is quite a mouthful of a name. Once, it was simply Big Trees. Local tradition says that in the winter of 1846, Lt. Col. John C. Frémont camped within a redwood tree...
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Nature Friendly: Coho salmon survival essential to river recovery
When the soldiers came home from World War II, they brought back a new perspective for a new America. Rather than continuing a rural existence, most citizens were ready for a modern lifestyle suppo...
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Santa Cruz Trains: Breeding trout in the middle of the redwoods
by Derek Whaley
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
When one thinks of the small mountain community of Brookdale, various things may come to mind such as the Brookdale Lodge, ghost stories, celebrities, or swimming holes. One thing that certainly fa...
The Mountain Gardener: Traveling with the Mountain Gardener
by Jan Nelson
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Valley People: From Switzerland to Scotts Valley, gardens green for Schweizer family
by Sandi Olson
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
The Mountain Gardener: Living fences make good neighbors
by Jan Nelson
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Your Health: Causes, symptoms and care for peripheral neuropathy
by Terry Hollenbeck, M.D.
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
It’s Your Money: Interest rates can’t match inflation
by Mark Rosenberg
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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...