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Over The Garden Fence: It’s Hot Out There!

By Bob Labozetta —  What can home gardeners do to help their plants — veggies, landscape plants, shrubs and trees — survive the intense summer heat? Here are some do’s and don’ts of hot weather gardening: Don’t fertilize plants or trees during the hot summer months. The purpose of fertilizers — especially those high in nitrogen — is to help ...

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Free Concert Features Jazz, Marches, Movie Themes And More

By Bob Labozetta — OAKHURST — Many communities offer opportunities throughout the year to enjoy quality musical performances. One such opportunity is to take in a rendition by local musicians playing in community concert bands — all-volunteer, nonprofit organizations created to share the gift of music with an entire community. In our Sierra foothill region of Madera and Mariposa counties, ...

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Field Of Master Gardeners Grows In Mariposa

MARIPOSA —  The UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County welcome 13 new graduates to their Master Gardener program. UC Master Gardener volunteers are trained representatives of the University of California Cooperative Extension. Trainees complete an 18- week course and pass a written examination to become ambassadors for the statewide UC Master Gardener program. They also complete annual volunteer hours and ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Forestiere’s Underground Gardens

By Sal Maccarone — It is accepted knowledge that most artists function primarily from the right side of the brain. This means that sometimes they will approach a problem or challenge in ways that most people do not understand. Under a “right-brain” spell for pretty much my whole life, I know what it is like to leave others scratching their ...

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The History Mystery #76

The Sierra Mono Museum has this photo of what appears to be a specialized trailer or boat. Can anyone tell us the function of this and the era when used? Are there other people in the area that have one or have seen one? Thank you, Christina McDonald Sierra Mono Museum Follow-up to The History Mystery #75 — Minarets the ...

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Growing Tomatoes in the Hot, Dry Sierra Foothills — Part 3

By Bob Labozetta —  This final part of a three-part series on growing tomatoes in our hot, dry climate details proper cultivation techniques. In areas with no natural shade use shade cloth to cool tomatoes during the hours of most intense sunlight — usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Orient the shade structure so it is open to the ...

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All Aboard! Historic Railroad Opens For The Season

FISH CAMP – The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad opens this weekend and now, before the crowds of summer arrive, is a beautiful time to visit. Tickets are available starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 6. Just 15 minutes from Oakhurst and 4 miles south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad offers ...

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Red Cross Offers Online Course And App For Pet First Aid

FRESNO — With pets being valued members of the family, it is more important than ever that families are trained in pet first aid. The American Red Cross offers an online training and app to get owners up to speed. The Cat and Dog First Aid online course and Pet First Aid App are available for pet owners, pet-sitters and ...

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The History Mystery #75

Minarets – The Town Minarets, or Media as it was also known, was located near the intersection of Road 400 and Road 406. In the mid 1890s, as Madera County was being carved out of Fresno County, Minarets was considered as a candidate for county seat. Some mountain folks didn’t like the idea of having to travel all the way ...

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Growing Tomatoes In The Hot, Dry Sierra Foothills — Part Two

By Bob Labozetta —  Whether you sowed seeds in late February/early March or you purchase plants from a nursery or the Mariposa Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale, make sure your transplants are young, stocky seedlings instead of larger plants. They will establish more quickly and suffer less transplant shock, soon catching up in growth to larger plants. “Harden off” your ...

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