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Many of you probably saw the documentary film "Fantastic Fungi" that played at Taos Community Auditorium last month and were knocked out by the astonishing photography of the multitudes of forms these organisms take. more
I passed one of my neighbors on the road in the end of February. She said she had been enjoying my gardening articles in the paper but added that she only has a small flower bed in her courtyard. She was wondering when she should clean it up. I told her to look for this month's article about tasks for the garden, because now is the time to start. more
It's hard not to get excited about spring this time of year as the sun moves north and comes into the house at different angles. Days are visibly lengthening, another sign spring is … more
As I look out my window this morning in the new year, the gardens I did not clean up in fall are outlined with frozen fog. Backlit by the early morning sun, flower stalks, tree branches and wire fences seem so delicate they would break if touched. more
Some tips to keep you safe as you make a festive holiday home: more
The annual ritual of buying a Christmas tree is upon us. There are several options afforded us here in Taos. more
Even though there is snow on the ground and last year's gardens are a distant memory, we gardeners are planning for the upcoming growing season. Just because we are not out … more
Winter is coming but by late February and March there are just times you need a little pop of color to brighten your day. And frankly I get hungry for color at the end of winter. A solution for this is planting bulbs. more
Frost has arrived signaling the end of the growing season and time for garden cleanup. There are two schools of thought about fall chores. One calls for a … more
The autumnal equinox occurred on Sept. 21 and we've said goodbye to the summer sun while those cooler evenings and mornings let us know the beautiful fall days are here. So take … more
Healthy soil is key to growing grass and crops, holding onto rainwater and snowmelt and preventing erosion.The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is offering grants to help farmers, ranchers and … more
Patricia West-BarkerFor The Taos News"What fruit has the eye of a widow and wears the cloak of a beggar?" asks an old Spanish riddle. Answer: A really ripe fig, when the oculus on its bottom opens … more
As I write this, the forecast is for another 89-degree day, the umpteenth in a row. A weak monsoon season has not brought relief each afternoon, so it seems like it will never cool … more
Do you cut flowers from your borders to bring inside and end up leaving empty spaces that affect the overall design? Do you spend too much money buying bouquets? Would you … more
Valerian, Fragrant Valerian Spanish: Valeriana Family: Valerianaceae Genus & Species Valeriana acutiloba, Valeriana arizonica, Valeriana edulis Valerian is one of the best-known medicinal herbs, … more
As I write this, all across Taos, hollyhocks are stretching their bloom stocks skyward, Russian sage is in full force while thistles line the roadsides and grow in opportune open … more
The skin of a house - the roof and the stucco on the walls - holds early … more
Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos is celebrating its 70th anniversary of beautifying Taos by holding it's annual Garden and Home Tour on Saturday (Aug. 3). The tour is … more
What is a weed anyway? To many it's simply a plant growing where you don't want it, whether it's native or "exotic," originating outside of North America. But one class of weeds is … more
Penstemons, also called beardtongues, are starting to bloom around Taos. Most common is probably the Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus), which sport rich blue-purple blossoms that can be … more
Spanish: Cañiagre, CañiagriaEnglish: Red dock, curly dock, tanner's dockFamily: Polygonacea (Buckwheat family)Genus species: Rumex hymenosepalusCañiagre is native to western North … more
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
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