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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

Epazote: stinky but useful

Epazote (eh-pah-ZOE-teh). Dysphania ambrosioides. American wormseed. Epazote grows wild in the United States as well as Mexico. The Mexican name derives from the Aztec (Nahuatl) word epazotl meaning skunk. more

Tree pruning: A learned craft

In 1997, I attended a class from a third-generation arborist, Tim Johnson. The topic of the lecture was “Pruning for the Life of the Tree.” I learned that proper pruning is an essential tree care practice we can undertake as tree stewards. You should prune a tree only when necessary. The tree will let you know if pruning is needed. more

Growing inside throughout the year

If all the plants in your outdoor garden were frozen during the last cold spell and you are already craving the taste of fresh herbs and vegetables, there are ways to … more

A familiar prickly plant

Lengua de vaca - or hound's-tongue - is one of those plants almost everyone is familiar with, even if they don't think they are. more
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