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Green thumbs for hire-vei

Green thumbs for hire-vei

New gardeners are increasingly turning to pros to get a good start.

July 19, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Savvy gardeners celebrate monsoon rain

Savvy gardeners celebrate monsoon rain

Many gardeners abandon plots in summer but there are advantages.

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Tucson garden thrives from years of heartache

Tucson garden thrives from years of heartache

Gardner hopes to save others heartache from lessons he learned.

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Native mesquite tree inspires creation of special greenhouse

Create your own microclimate to extend growing season

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Alternatives to cutting down established trees

Alternatives to cutting down established trees

When a large mesquite tree threatens their wall, this couple decides to call in the pros.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The milkflower and the butterfly: Backyard gardners have a huge role to play

The milkflower and the butterfly: Backyard gardners have a huge role to play

Subscribing to the belief that if you build it, they will come (nod to “Field of Dreams”), fans of monarch butterflies want Arizonans to grow milkweed to help the insects survive migrations between southern Canada and central Mexico.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Aeroponics: No soil required for beautiful, bountiful garden

Aeroponics: No soil required for beautiful, bountiful garden

If you don’t have space for an edible garden, consider growing up.

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Public gardens to explore this summer

Public gardens to explore this summer

When the heat dampens your gardening spirit, get energized and inspired by Tucson’s public gardens. Here are a dozen that you can visit now to see seasonal blooms and crops. Plus, there’s one you can plan to visit when it’s cooler in the fall.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Look-alike plants lead to surprise for gardener

Look-alike plants lead to surprise for gardener

Terry L. Moss had a laugh over luffa when what he thought was a melon plant actually yielded the Asian cucumber.

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City considering revisions to urban agriculture regulations

City considering revisions to urban agriculture regulations

Chickens in the backyard. Tomato plants in the front yard. A produce stand in the driveway.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Family ties grow in garden

Family ties grow in garden

Andrea Rodriguez found gardening inspiration in an inexpensive greenhouse that covers the ground space of a two-person tent.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Growdown contest winners show wonderful ways to collect rainwater

Growdown contest winners show wonderful ways to collect rainwater

Landscape designer Maria Voris feels rainwater can be harvested anywhere, even in tiny spaces.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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UA Compost Cats contributes to greener living

UA Compost Cats contributes to greener living

Chester Philips and his crew of 10 University of Arizona student employees deal in the life cycle of dirt.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Succulents take a star turn at Sonoran X Conference

Succulents take a star turn at Sonoran X Conference

Some are born to plant nerdiness. Some have plant nerdiness thrust upon them.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bike Fest: Seed Library Bike-in Movie and Tour de Garden

Bike Fest: Seed Library Bike-in Movie and Tour de Garden

An upcoming Bike Fest Tucson event focuses on how gardens can grow more than vegetables; they can grow communities.

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An artful urban garden and desert views by design to be featured on Tucson Botanical Gardens tour April 12

An artful urban garden and desert views by design to be featured on Tucson Botanical Gardens tour April 12

John and Judy Murray say visitors have to be inside their Tucson Mountains-area home to fully appreciate their outdoor desert landscape.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cucumbers

Through trial and error, gardeners associated with Native Seeds/SEARCH have figured out that five heirloom and open-pollinated varieties of cucumbers do well in Tucson. All require direct sun and warm temperatures, so plant in the spring.

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More community needed for downtown gardening effort

More community needed for downtown gardening effort

Community gardening can mean more than growing vegetables. Some Pima County librarians are thinking outside the plot.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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What a difference four degrees make

What a difference four degrees make

What a difference 4 degrees make.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Rails in the Garden Tour 2014

Rails in the Garden Tour 2014

“Thomas the Tank Engine,” about talking train cars in the English countryside, was Ryan MacCabe’s favorite childhood television show.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Volunteers needed to offer homes to birds

Volunteers needed to offer homes to birds

When the “kids” come by Will and Beth Russell’s Sabino Canyon-area home, they like to hang out in the tree.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Learn the best ways to grow citrus and deciduous fruit trees and shrubs

Learn the best ways to grow citrus and deciduous fruit trees and shrubs

South-side resident Paul Fimbres has been growing orange and tangerine trees for a few years but can’t seem to get a reliable crop every year.

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Cucumbers and more that will thrive locally in the New Year

Cucumbers and more that will thrive locally in the New Year

There are no Sonoran Desert natives among 2014’s “The Year of...” plants on which the National Garden Bureau Inc. focuses its publicity efforts for a year.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Time for the Christmas cholla

Time for the Christmas cholla

When it comes to Christmas cactus, you can literally go native.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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A guide to mesquite and palo verde trees

A guide to mesquite and palo verde trees

Arborist Angelo Romeo sees a lot of landscape mesquites and palo verdes that aren’t living to their full potential.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Gift ideas for the beginning gardner

Gift ideas for the beginning gardner

A beginning gardener has enough to learn without the pressure of possibly killing or ruining that holiday gift you spent money on.

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Local or invasive?

Local or invasive?

Mexican fan palm. Prickly pear. Ruby saltbush. Queen’s wreath. Do you know which ones are native and which are invasive?

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Near Sabino Canyon, clever backyard features catch the eye

Near Sabino Canyon, clever backyard features catch the eye

Landscape designer Paul Connolly hated the wooden utility pole that dominated the backyard view of his Sabino Canyon-area clients.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Fall planting season means fall plant sales

Fall planting season means fall plant sales

Plant shoppers, fill the gas tank or charge the batteries. Reserve next weekend for fall plant sales.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Garden tours bloom this month

Nearly two dozen homeowners will open their gates to the public during four  self-guided garden tours throughout Southern Arizona. Gardeners, contractors and gardening experts will be on hand to answer questions.

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Gardening programs sprout at area schools

Gardening programs sprout at area schools

Some students will add gardening to their reading, writing and 'rithmatic this school year.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Applications due Sept. 1 for Pima County master gardeners class

Applications due Sept. 1 for Pima County master gardeners class

Time is running out to apply for the next Pima County Cooperative Extension master gardeners class.

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Phenology: the study of nature's seasonal changes

Phenology: the study of nature's seasonal changes

Plant observer Patricia A. Pearson was so impressed by the life of a wild lilac bush growing in the Santa Rita Mountains that she bought one for her Sahuarita yard.

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Homeowners to show gardens so visitors can snag some ideas

Homeowners to show gardens so visitors can snag some ideas

Artful teamwork created the lush 3-year-old desert garden at Bob and Judy Schumann's Oro Valley home.

April 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Winners of Tucson garden-design challenge

A multipurpose living space that looks out on a Zenlike desert garden won the Growdown competition at Tucson Botanical Gardens.

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Colorful, hearty bougainvillea save blooms for warmer months

Colorful, hearty bougainvillea save blooms for warmer months

Bougainvilleas follow two unbreakable rules that gardeners would be wise to pay attention to.

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You can put your veggies to good use even if your garden is too bountiful

If you still have a bountiful harvest from your winter garden, don't fret. It doesn't have to go to waste.

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Plant sales to offer fresh start

Plant sales to offer fresh start

Time to get planting. Several plant sales by non-profit organizations can help you find stock for replacing frozen landscape, starting your veggie garden or trying something new.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Getting started: Organic gardening tips for newbies

If you're tackling organic vegetable gardening for the first time, here are a few tips to get you started. They're from organic gardeners and gardening experts around Tucson.

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Landscaping enhances garden railway

Sometimes a model railroad meant to run outdoors can take over a yard. Track, trestles, tunnels, town buildings and other features become the overwhelming focus.

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A rose of a smaller size smells as sweet

Valentine's Day flower bouquets may start to wilt by now, but you're lucky if your sweetie gave you a potted miniature rosebush instead.

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There's a lot to consider when placing garden art

There's a lot to consider when placing garden art

Just as putting plants in your yard requires a little bit of thought, so does installing a sculpture in your landscape.

February 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Seed libraries, germinated last year, now bloom

It's been a year since the Pima County Public Library opened seed libraries, and there have been interesting "returns" and donations, says librarian Justine Hernandez.

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Do's, don'ts for using old gardening supplies

With spring planting season approaching, it's time to take stock of what's in your garden shed or garage. That way you make sure to use what you have and toss out what you can't salvage.

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Seek serene symmetry of a Japanese garden

Seek serene symmetry of a Japanese garden

You can have a Japanese garden without a lot of fuss and space.

January 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Turn a patio pot into Winter salad

Sustainable farming does not have to involve rows and rows of veggies. Or even a garden plot in the backyard.

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Garden honors victims of Jan. 8

Garden honors victims of Jan. 8

While people talk about a permanent memorial commemorating the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting, a legacy already exists.

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Bureau's stars for 2013 are wildflowers, gerbera daisies and watermelons

Bureau's stars for 2013 are wildflowers, gerbera daisies and watermelons

Every year the National Garden Bureau names plants it plans to showcase for the next 12 months.

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Saving the planet - one tree at a time

Saving the planet - one tree at a time

Tree-loving Melo "Mel" Dominguez sees herself as a soldier in the fight to save the planet.

December 23, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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The cactus of christmas

The cactus of christmas

Horticulturist Eric Clark's mother inherited her grandmother's Christmas cactus; it must be around 80 years old now.

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