By Heather Hacking
Is there a bright side to drought?
Not really. However, let’s pretend for a minute that the lack of water is worthy of praise.
Wow, what beautiful, rain-free weather we’ve been having.
Wouldn’t this be ideal weather for growing winter vegetables?
Even if we can’t tend to winter vegetables, the weather for …

5 May 2015  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
POSTED: 04/16/15, 10:53 AM PDT | UPDATED: 2 WEEKS, 2 DAYS AGO 0 COMMENTS
High marks for the guys from Earl’s Plumbing who managed to move a ton of earth without ruining the plants in my yard. Heather Hacking — Enterprise-Record
The yard has been torn up, tossed …

5 May 2015  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
Adult brown marmorated stink bugs can be differentiated from other stink bugs because they are larger and more pungent. Also, the antennae have white stripes. Photo courtesy OF UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
The stink bugs have started to warm up and wake up. So far we’ve …

5 May 2015  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
The Allium triquetrum isn’t the most heinous of weeds, as far as weeds go. Yet, there are just some things you learn you can’t live with. Heather Hacking-Enterprise-Record
Often when you make a wish out loud, and then wait longer than you would have hoped, your wish …

11 February 2015  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
Next Tuesday will be two weeks that the new kitty has been cooped up in the house.
I discovered that a new way to torture a cat is to let fresh air in through the screen door. The cat will sit at that the screen hoping you …

11 February 2015  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
12/25/14
For years my driveway has looked like a duck pond the minute it begins to sprinkle. If I had known that all it would take was seven yards of gravel and two half-days of hard labor, I would have hired two men with two shovels long …

27 January 2015  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking
First we’re supposed to be embarrassed if we have a lush, green lawn. Then the media (which includes me) encourages people not to grow vegetables and certainly not summer flowers.
Next it rains profusely, but we’re still in a drought.
Recently, the state came out with water use …

27 January 2015  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
12/18/14
The surviving peppers aren’t exactly ornaments, but they’re kind of festive. Heather Hacking — Enterprise-Record
I live in the house without a Christmas tree.
Some of you might remember the “made-for-TV” movie about a little girl who has a curmudgeon for a father. He’s bummed about life and …

20 January 2015  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
About a year ago I was at small open mic night. People were helping to put away chairs and I decided to be helpful and wash the dishes.
Near the end of this little task, the hostess whisked by to see if anything more …

20 January 2015  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
Increasingly, I’m faced with what must be a widespread garden geek’s dilemma: How do we go about our business in the middle of the drought?
As we shift into the new season, I would normally be gushing about planting bulbs and shopping for something …

20 January 2015  Uncategorized
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