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Getting to know our wintertime bird friends

This winter is bringing a wide variety of birds to Santa Fe backyards. Here are a few common questions I've been hearing lately.Question: What is the large bird … more

Resolving 'plant blindness' at the time of light

Plant blindness is the inability to see or notice the plants in one's own environment, leading to the inability to recognize the importance of plants in the biosphere and in human affairs. more

Ag extension offers master gardener classes

Want to become a master at gardening?Whether you are a beginner or have been gardening for years, learn more about growing produce in the Taos County high desert. The classes will cover plant … more

Ice-free birdbaths important in mild winters too

Although much of the late fall and early winter has been mild, the nights have been cold, below freezing, and we've seen little precipitation. As a result, birds don't have much to … more

Anise

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) Anis (Español)Plant family: ApiaceaeThe seeds of anise have a distinct licorice-like flavor that makes them the "must have" flavoring for biscochito holiday cookies … more

A welcoming home for the holidays

This is a time of year for celebrating; for welcoming family and friends into our homes. The winter season in Taos is infused with tradition and enriched by the deep faith of its people. Glowing … more

Identifying the birds in your backyard can be a challenge

This fall has been a terrific time for watching backyard birds. Not only are we seeing a large number of birds, but the variety has been wonderful. In the fall we normally see more jays, juncos, … more

Get your dirt working with microbes

"If we are to achieve long-term stability in our agricultural systems, it may be advantageous for us to start emulating the composting actives of nature and our ancestors," said David C. Johnson, the creator of a new way to compost. more

Thistles - prickly weed or precious resource?

Botanist Robert Sivinski is the author of the "New Mexico Thistle Identification Guide," created on behalf of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico and released in 2016. more

Just when you thought allergy season was over...

If you've been struck by a fit of late season sneezes and red-eyes á la allergy attack, you aren't alone. Turns out plants put out pollen in every season. To find out what is putting out pollen … more
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