Cherry trees are so beautiful when they are in bloom that they are an ideal choice if you want a tree that doubles as an edible ornamental. Fruit-producing types don’t have double flowers or weeping habits like ornamental cherries, but they make up for this shortcoming by producing buckets o…

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As the winter rains continue to fall, and hopefully bring relief to our watershed communities mired in a historic drought, the rainwater will begin to soak into our gardens and fields and run down the streets into our storm drains, which are not linked to the sewer. Storm drains are specific…

Let us talk about blueberries since you can find them in the wild. Yes, true Native American fruits, blueberries grow wild in open woodlands where the soil is quite acidic. Improved blueberries bear bigger and more flavorful fruits than their wild ancestors and they are very easy to grow. Tr…

Easy to grow and always productive, blackberries seldom have problems with pests and diseases. Several varieties are thornless, although many of the best tasting blackberries grow on canes that are well-defended with stickers. All blackberries bear fruit on one-year-old canes. In other words…

For those gardeners that are inclined to go big time and plant fruit trees, the time is approaching. Spring will be here before we know it and as a gardener myself, the time slips away before I am ready to be out in the wet soil.

Did you know Tarragon is native to prairies and rocky barren environment, but will happily make its home in poor, dry soil?

This year is different. Historically low rainfall following a previously dry water year have tipped the balance of stored water within Lake Mendocino and water demand throughout the Russian River watershed. As water users in the upper Russian River continue to cut water usage, you may be won…

Have you ever wanted a fresh start? A new lease on life? A way to leave the past behind and breathe in the air of new beginnings?

Dry your herbs the easy way. The day before you plan to gather long-stemmed herbs for drying, clean them with a fine spray of water from your hose.

Since planting a garden is months out, we will talk about herbs. 

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Though plastic is durable, cheap, and common in everyday items, it comes at a large environmental cost. 

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August brings with it the hint of fall creeping up on us.  For us here at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, it brings an awareness that things will be slowing down.  Baby season will be ending, granting us permission to catch our breath.  But that doesn’t mean we don’t have work to complete!  O…

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(NAPS)—As temperatures rise, homeowners can beat the heat by combining “smart” home climate control technologies with the latest air-conditioning systems to heighten energy efficiency and take customized comfort to new levels. 

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On May 6 the Rancho Adobe Fire Department was dispatched to a carbon monoxide alarm being activated at a home in Cotati. The residents called the fire department who came and found high levels of the lethal gas inside the home. Upon further investigation it was determined that the source of …

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The rainy winter that we’ve experienced after a long drought has brought storm water and rainwater management to the front of everyone’s mind. We’re challenged in California’s Mediterranean climate by the yearly cycle of rainy and dry seasons, as well as periodic drought conditions. One of t…

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“A watershed is a marvelous thing to consider: This process of rain falling, streams flowing and oceans evaporating causes every molecule of water on Earth to make the complete trip once every two million years. The surface is carved into watersheds – kind of a familial branching, a chart of…

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Historically, homes and streets were intentionally designed to move as much storm water into a storm drain system as fast as possible. This approach was meant to protect foundations and keep the streets safer during storms.

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(Family Features) Severe winter weather and dangerously low temperatures can pose a serious threat to family safety, particularly when the power supply is threatened. Many families rely on portable generators as part of their emergency plan, which can provide peace of mind and protection whe…

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Daily Acts and the City of Cotati will host a talk series on home-scale water conservation solutions designed to help residents to meet the mandatory reductions in water use. The D.I.Y Water-Wise Gardens Series, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 31, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 from 6-7:30 p.m., at the…

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(Family Features) With temperatures rising and homeowners heading outdoors for picnics, parties and gatherings, insect-induced risks are fully in-season. With disease-carrying bugs buzzing around, it’s time to take the proper steps in protecting your lawn so that you can enjoy living life ou…

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(Family Features) – Whether an outdoor concert-goer, sports fan or avid vacationer, Mother Nature can be harsh on your eyes, skin and hair regardless of the season. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect and rejuvenate your features so you can enjoy your favorite outdoor activi…

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Sonoma State University graduate engineering student Feng Wang’s Advanced Flood Warning System generated a buzz last month at the Global City Teams Challenge in Austin, Texas. 

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(Family Features) As homeowners constantly look for ways to be more environmentally friendly, lawn equipment is a good place to start. 

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Professional Gardeners or Set Designers? This year they are one and the same when it comes to creating the 2016 themed flower show at the Sonoma County Fair. Garden plots are expected to fill quickly inside the Hall of Flowers for this year’s highly anticipated theme, based on movies made in…

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For many orchid enthusiasts, it may seem that you have to throw away store-bought flowers when they start to show signs of stress. However, for the more than 40 people who attended a gardening workshop in the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library Jan. 23, a panel of three orchid-lovers gave advice tha…

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(Family Features) It seems like there are rules for just about everything, even grilling. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, 80 percent of Americans have an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker - which means there are a lot of people following a lot of rules.

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(NAPS)—Safety comes first in any woodcutting task, especially when you’re talking about a table saw where a momentary distraction can result in permanent consequences. The next generation of these products promises greater user safety to go with the cutting performance and precision that bot…

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(NAPS)—Just because your aging home heating and air-conditioning system is still functioning doesn’t mean your home is as comfortable as it could be. And what about your energy bills? Could they be lower?

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(NAPS)—The kitchen remodel is the ultimate home improvement project. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive. Thanks to product innovations, homeowners can remodel their kitchen and give it a fresh, up-to-date look without breaking the bank. From cabinets and countertops to overhe…

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(NAPS)—Don’t look now, but invasive species are invading classrooms. That’s the word from experts who say such pests have been popping up across America for decades. 

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Cotati, CA.- Spring is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, biking, or a picnic in the woods. According to the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (MSMVCD), however, it is also the time of year when ticks are abundant. District officials want …

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We work hard to keep our gardens looking beautiful, so when we find our plants in distress it is hard to resist the temptation to head to the store and grab any product that promises to restore the garden’s beauty. While many people consider pesticides and fertilizers as a quick solution, th…

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In collaboration with the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership’s Eco-Friendly Garden Tour and the City of , Daily Acts is hosting a Rockin’ Homestead Tour on May 16th, from 1 - 4 .  This popular guided tour is free and will feature bountiful, water-wise gardens with a homestead twist. 

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The Rohnert Park Community Organic Garden has plots available on a first-come, first-served basis. The 15-feet-by-15-feet plots are $30. 

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Less than a year into providing default electricity service to residents and businesses in Sonoma County, Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has contracted with Pristine Sun to build up to 12.5 megawatts (MW) of new solar power in Sonoma County. The venture represents the largest floating solar projec…

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Millions of gallons of oil have been spilled across the United States through ship, rail and road collisions, explosions, pipeline ruptures, storms, etc. Big oil disasters continue to reverberate through the environment and through our news cycles: the BP oil rig explosion that wreaked havoc…

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Bacteria are a natural part of the environment, but some bacteria like those found in human or animal waste can be a hazard when we are exposed to it in the rivers where we work and play.  These microscopic single-celled organisms are found virtually everywhere, including water, soil, plants…

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Toilets and sewer systems are designed to transport and dispose of specific materials. The pipes that connect your home to the sewer or a septic system are only wide enough to transport three things: water, toilet paper and human waste. 

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One of the nation’s newest sources of electricity comes from...animal waste? It sounds futuristic, but it’s a reality for farmers like Luke, Mike and Tony Brubaker, who run a herd of 975 dairy cows and 800 young stock. Back in 2009, milk prices were down, so the Brubakers looked into other p…

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ASSE International Student Exchange Program (ASSE) is seeking representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students in local communities.