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(Nearly) weedless gardening is possible

By Lee Reich For a time many years back, I would become nervous every time I went out to my garden to weed. The weeds were so few that I feared something was wrong with the soil. True, I had taken deliberate steps to create this condition, but initially it was hard to believe that […]

Decals can transform a wall cheaply, easily

By Melissa Kossler Dutton During a recent home remodel, Diane Wright decided the stairway leading to her garage needed some perking up. So she went online and found a wall decal — roosting love birds on a branch. “I love them. It adds some individuality,” said Wright, who also has used decals in other parts […]

‘Dig a little, learn a lot’

As spring temperatures go up, it’s an excellent time for farmers, ranchers and gardeners to focus their attention down to the soil below them. A spring check-up of your soil’s health gives clues of your ground’s ability to feed plants, hold water, capture carbon and more. No fancy equipment required. Just grab a spade or […]

Tips on hiring and working with a home decorator

By Melissa Rayworth Home-decorating television shows and shelter magazines have many Americans dreaming about inviting an expert interior designer into their homes. It looks so effortless when a popular designer arrives in a whirlwind of creative ideas and quick-working craftsmen. By the end of an hour of cable TV, he or she has transformed a […]

Go low-cost but bold with rental home landscaping

By Maureen Gilmer So long as there’s a backyard outside your rental house, the door is open to creating affordable outdoor living spaces. Many rental homes lack backyard landscaping or it’s dull and doesn’t reflect any personal style. To create a wonderful space in just one or two weekends, consider tips from the Small Budget […]

Build color confidence into your design

By Jennifer Forker Artists and craftspeople know that the colors they choose — and leave out — are critical ingredients in their works’ success, no matter the medium. Color done well is captivating. Color done badly? It’s just bad. Or drab. Yet a color tweak may be all it takes to turn up a piece’s […]

Answers to the nagging garden questions

While we wait for the nights and soil to warm up so we can really get going on our summer gardens, let’s deal with some quirky garden questions that have come our way over the past few weeks. Can I grow that Sumo mandarin I’m seeing in the grocery store? No. The company that has […]

From the ground up: Backyard chicken tales

Fourth annual Tour de Cluck What: The favorite fowl-fashioned bike tour offers the chicken lovers and chicken curious the opportunity to tour a variety of Davis backyard chicken coops. The event is a fundraiser for Yolo Farm to Fork and the Davis Art Center. When: Saturday, May 25 Where: Begins at the Davis Farmers Market […]

Name droppers: Local artist’s creation raffled off in fundraiser

Davis ceramic artist Heidi Bekebrede has created a whimsical statue of a cat to assist the American String Teachers’ Association, Sacramento Section, in its efforts to raise funds for prizes and scholarships for its members’ students. Bekebrede has donated her artwork to the association in the past. The statue will be raffled off at the […]

Pan-seared pound cake becomes easy Easter dessert

By Alison Ladman How do you make pound cake even more buttery and delicious? Easy! Pan-sear slices of it with butter and sugar. If you know how to make a grilled cheese, you can make this dessert, which is a perfect ending to an Easter — or any springtime — dinner. Pan-seared pound cake is […]

For Passover, make a Craggy Matzo Brei

By Miriam Rubin Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Recipes for matzo brei — an egg and matzo concoction — abound this time of year, and there are many variations on this classic Passover dish. Nach Waxman is founder of New York City’s Kitchen Arts and Letters, a one-of-a kind cookbook store. In response to an email, he sent […]

What’s happening for youths

Now through Monday Sophomores and juniors: Interested in doing research at UC Davis this summer? The UC Davis Young Scholars Program offers summer research opportunities in biology and the natural sciences for high achieving high school students. Applications are due April 1. Go to the Davis High School Career Center for more information and an […]

Kids in the news: Holmes student heads for state Geographic Bee, Harper student to Miss Teen pageant

Holmes Junior High School student Sam Goidell will compete in the 2013 California National Geographic Bee in Sacramento on Friday, April 5. In order to reach the competition, Sam won his school’s geographic bee and then took a qualifying test that was submitted to the National Geographic Society. Sam, an eighth-grader, also competed in the […]

Have learning differences? Applying to college requires the right stuff

A significant development in the world of college admissions is the increasing number of students with learning differences or disabilities who are attending college. For families and students, managing the transition to college is often a bewildering and arduous task. But it doesn’t have to be. This column will give you the basic knowledge to […]

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