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Trees want our help. Watering is the most important element for the trees. Watering the trees at the drip line area adds moisture where the absorption roots are concentrated. more
How to transform dirt into a nutrient-rich soil plants love more
English: Purslane, pigweed, moss roseSpanish: VerdolagaFamily: PortulacaceaeGenus & species: Portulaca oleraceaePurslane, known in Spanish as verdolaga, is a low-growing perennial succulent with … more
Every March, I eagerly await the crocuses in my front garden. One year, the yellow and white varieties came up but not the purple ones. There is only one grouping by … more
What is a melittologist? It is a person who studies melittology (from Greek word melitta, meaning "bee" and -logy, meaning "study of"), a branch of entomology concerning the scientific study of bees. … more
Do trees talk to each other? Yes! more
Not all gardens have to be in the ground. more
Spanish: ChicóriaFamily: AsteraceaeGenus/Species: Taraxacum officinaleAcommon plant and broadly distributed throughout temperate regions of our world, growing from sea level to above 10,000 feet … more
The Wednesday (April 17) meeting of the Taos Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico will feature Dr. Marisa Thompson, a horticultural specialist with New Mexico State University more
For Taos gardeners who are excited to welcome the planting season, here are some ideas on how to be ready for the coming warm weather. From starting seeds inside to … more
Part of a living system, trees are only as healthy as the soil, water, companion plants, fungi and pollinators that support them. The biggest challenges I see for many trees is that … more
The Taos Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico awakens from our winter dormancy on March 20. We will welcome Ben Wright and Juniper Manley, of the Taos Land Trust, who will update us on … more
Spanish: Chimajá. English: Spring parsley. One of my very favorite herbs is one that appears in the spring before most anything else begins to turn green. more
With current concern about genetically modified seeds, local seed preservation is more important than ever. more
Names: Sacred Sage, South Dakota Sage, man sage, Silver wormwood, Prairie sage. more
The goal of firescaping is to surround our houses with things that are less likely to be ignited by sparks and to slow or limit burning when they do ignite. more
The question came up in conversation on a recent field trip, whether hops are native to New Mexico. Hops are added during the brewing process to stabilize and flavor beer and to add bitterness. more
Two species of elderberry grow wild in New Mexico: Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa). more
It is time to clean out the old to make room for the new. We asked several local experts for their advice on how to get started organizing your life, including your home computer. more
The American crow is a common and recognizable year-round bird in the Santa Fe area. This all-black bird with a black bill, legs and feet can have a purple sheen sometimes in direct sunlight. They … more
In addition to lighting the dark nights, decorating the Christmas tree is central to holiday celebrations here. Longtime Taoseños remember going by buggy or pickup truck with their families to cut a Christmas tree in the mountains. more
Back in the summer, you may have read in this column about the statewide native plant photo contest, "Snap That Plant!" sponsored by the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.The results … more
Yerba de la sangre is often mistaken for holly due to the shape of its leaves. more
Count volunteers follow specified routes, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally. All birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day. more
November has already brought colder temperatures. A warm and comfortable house can make the coming winter a cozy and pleasant experience. But for those with … more
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