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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

Trees are also native plants; forest ecologist to speak in Taos

Do you find that you are sometimes unable to see the forest for the trees? At the Oct. 18 meeting of the local chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico, Toby Gass will present "Spruce-fir: Another Kind of Forest." more

Taos Tree Board an asset for our trees and community

As the Taos Tree Board enters its third year, new members were recommended and approved by the mayor and the town council on Aug. 22. more

Adobe horno history complex, layered

The adobe architecture of Taos is what gives the area its visual charm. Imagine Taos without the Pueblo, the church in Ranchos and the Plaza - where would the enchantment be? more

Poaceae grasses of New Mexico traditionally used for medicine, food

Every semester, John Ubelaker, a professor, guides a group of students from the main Dallas campus of Southern Methodist University through a botany project at SMU-in Taos at Fort Burgwin. more

Native bees: In the wilds of Taos, scientific discoveries abound

The scope of what isn't known to science about native bees is far vaster than what is. Over the next several years, one scientist is slowly but surely collecting, pinning, labeling and identifying the little critters in the first major survey of native bees in Northern New Mexico. more

Annual conference explores history, future of seeds

The chapter in Taos of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico is hosting the annual state conference Sept. 14-17. “The Seed: Past, Present and Future” is the theme of the … more
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