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All Things Green in Tucson: The three sisters

All Things Green in Tucson: The three sisters

Grow 'the three sisters' in your own garden.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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A walk on the wild side

A walk on the wild side

This yard is a riot of height and shapes, with splashes of color and texture throughout.

July 16, 2014 9:33 pm
Mmm … mmm … mesquite: Tips on how to identify best trees and pods

Mmm … mmm … mesquite: Tips on how to identify best trees and pods

Tips on how to identify your trees and choose the tastiest pods for milling.

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Mesquite poster page

Mesquite poster page

Learn how to ID mesquite trees in your neighborhood.

July 16, 2014 5:15 pm
Chilean mesquite canopy

Chilean mesquite canopy

Once girdled by wires, this Chilean mesquite has grown tremendously in the last three years since its rescue.

July 16, 2014 5:01 pm
Going on vacation? Keep houseplants healthy while you’re away

Going on vacation? Keep houseplants healthy while you’re away

Summer’s here and that means one thing: vacation. But wait — aren’t you forgetting something?

July 13, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Watering houseplants with spikes

Watering houseplants with spikes

I used a moisture meter to test the spike and water bottle method. 

July 12, 2014 9:44 pm
Backyard

Backyard

A blank slate in the backyard awaits corn, beans and squash.

July 11, 2014 3:20 pm
Seeds

Seeds

Seeds from Native Seeds/SEARCH will be planted in a Three Sisters garden. Every Tucson gardener needs to know about Native Seeds/SEARCH.

July 11, 2014 3:18 pm
Glass gem seeds

Glass gem seeds

Glass gem seeds produce colorful ears of corn that can be used in popcorn and polenta, and eaten off the cob.

July 11, 2014 3:19 pm
Three Sisters gardening for summer monsoons

Three Sisters gardening for summer monsoons

Take a page from native gardeners for optimum success with corn, beans and squash.

July 09, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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New garden bed

New garden bed

A blank slate in the backyard awaits corn, beans and squash.

July 09, 2014 3:08 pm
Seed packets

Seed packets

Seeds from Native Seeds/SEARCH will be planted in a Three Sisters garden.

July 09, 2014 3:05 pm
Corn kernels

Corn kernels

Glass gem seeds produce colorful ears of corn.

July 09, 2014 3:06 pm
The secret life of beekeepers

The secret life of beekeepers

Tucson man has what it takes to become a successful beekeeper.

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What Tucsonans are saying about urban agriculture proposals

What Tucsonans are saying about urban agriculture proposals

Here’s a sampling of comments from the second public meeting on Tucson’s urban agriculture proposals, held June 10.

June 29, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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The secret life of beekeepers: 8 questions for Roy Otterholt

The secret life of beekeepers: 8 questions for Roy Otterholt

There’s more to keeping bees and making honey than meets the eye — or the English muffin.

June 28, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Five favorites: Tips from Green Things Nursery

Five favorites: Tips from Green Things Nursery

In a recent blog, I passed along some expert tips for keeping your houseplants happy and healthy, based on a recent class offered by Marylee Pangman.

June 13, 2014 7:19 pm
What bug can give even an entomologist the creeps?

What bug can give even an entomologist the creeps?

A Q&A with urban horticulture agent — and insect expert — Peter Warren.

June 09, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Squash vine borers have a bad rap — and for good reason

Squash vine borers have a bad rap — and for good reason

This pest can decimate a plant before you even realize something's wrong.

June 08, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Confessions of a houseplant killer

Confessions of a houseplant killer

Hints and tips from the pros for lush, beautiful houseplants.

June 07, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Garden gross-out: Watch out for this bad boy

Garden gross-out: Watch out for this bad boy

What's eating Gilbert Grape and Tom Tomato?

May 30, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Yard envy: Meet one of Tucson's best backyard gardeners

Yard envy: Meet one of Tucson's best backyard gardeners

Five questions for Diana Knoepfle. 

May 28, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Save your plants from the summer heat

Save your plants from the summer heat

Tips for gardens, flowers, shrubs and trees.

May 24, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Photo update: Mum's the word, striking gold in the garden

Photo update: Mum's the word, striking gold in the garden

Mum's the word; feeding potatoes; striking gold with Yukons; success with ground-cover cuttings; new additions to the family; can this ocotillo be saved?

May 23, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Aquatic plant sale: The sweet smell of success

Aquatic plant sale: The sweet smell of success

This time, they were way out in the boonies — would people make the long drive? Would they raise enough money for two local nonprofits?

May 20, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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The black thumb syndrome: Why are these so hard to grow?

The black thumb syndrome: Why are these so hard to grow?

Please don't die — again.

May 12, 2014 10:15 pm Photos

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peachtreeribbon

peachtreeribbon

Holographic ribbon is worth a shot.

May 07, 2014 2:54 pm
Saving your tree fruit from the *&%#@ birds

Saving your tree fruit from the *&%#@ birds

It felt wonderful to save his precious little life, but I knew then that netting isn’t the answer.

May 05, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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How to grow potatoes the easy way

How to grow potatoes the easy way

Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to grow potatoes.

May 02, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Stumped? Here's a tough plant for tough places

Stumped? Here's a tough plant for tough places

An easy way to brighten and disguise the remains of a dead tree.

April 30, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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In the garden: Goodbye spring, hello summer

In the garden: Goodbye spring, hello summer

Here's today's haul from my community garden plot: The last cabbage, a few shallots, rainbow chard, all of the remaining green onions and the last head of lettuce. Not shown is a bunch of collard greens from my kitchen garden. 

April 28, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Community garden plots

Community garden plots

A plot is ready for spring planting. At this midtown community garden, there's even a view of the Catalinas.

April 23, 2014 2:27 pm
Why we need community gardens in Tucson

Why we need community gardens in Tucson

No space for garden? That's no excuse — it's easier than you think.

April 23, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Community garden artichoke

Community garden artichoke

A large artichoke plant graces a plot at a community garden in midtown Tucson. Hot and sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, squash and sunflowers are popular with summer gardeners.

April 22, 2014 5:46 pm
The Big Egg Throwdown: Factory vs. organic experiment

The Big Egg Throwdown: Factory vs. organic experiment

Do organic eggs from free-range chickens taste better?

April 03, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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A charming find for the patio

A charming find for the patio

Check out this gem I discovered at a recent vintage sale in Tucson. It's a '60s-era tea cart that I'm using for my potted herbs.

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7 fun facts about raising backyard chickens

7 fun facts about raising backyard chickens

If you're thinking of raising chickens in your backyard, a class or workshop is a great way to start. Learn the basics and then decide if it's right for you.

March 24, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Chicken coop

Chicken coop

A tour of the chicken coop was the highlight of a recent workshop at Las Milpitas Farm.

March 24, 2014 3:03 pm
Milpitas chicken

Milpitas chicken

A hen enjoys foraging outside her coop for bugs and other goodies in a compost pile at Las Milpitas Farm.

March 24, 2014 3:01 pm
Part 1: 10 things to know about growing tomatoes

Part 1: 10 things to know about growing tomatoes

Last summer, my tomatoes did really well in the spring — they grew fast, bushed out nicely and produced lots of leaves. But there weren’t many flowers and they didn’t develop into actual fruit. Sound familiar? Read on for some expert advice from Harlow Gardens. You’ll probably recognize your…

March 14, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Tomatoes, Part 2: Soil, pests and diseases

Tomatoes, Part 2: Soil, pests and diseases

Now that you're ready to plant, be sure to use the right amendments to ensure healthy plants.

March 14, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Tomato products

Tomato products

March 14, 2014 1:44 pm
Aspen Fire anniversary: the Mulays

Aspen Fire anniversary: the Mulays

Some of the metal toys and items that John and Linda Mulay were able to salvage after their cabin burned to the ground during the Aspen Fire in 2003. The Mulays, who lost four of their five cabins in the blaze, built a three-story log home in the Loma Linda section of Summerhaven. Mementos l…

June 17, 2013 12:00 am
Aspen Fire anniversary: the Mulays

Aspen Fire anniversary: the Mulays

John Mulay and his wife, Linda, spent many hours sifting through the ashes of their cabin to salvage items like this, even though some were barely recognizable. Aluminum cans, glass and rock fused together in twisted pieces, which they now display on shelves and window sills of their rebuilt…

June 17, 2013 12:00 am
Aspen Fire anniversary: the Mulays

Aspen Fire anniversary: the Mulays

New homes dot the landscape in Carter Canyon, as seen from the log home built by John and Linda Mulay after the Aspen Fire. Their home's spacious deck faces Carter Canyon and looks over Summerhaven's main drag. One of their  homes — the A-frame in the bottom of this photo — survived the fire…

June 17, 2013 12:00 am
Looking for a gift worth giving?

Looking for a gift worth giving?

What was the worst Christmas gift you ever received?

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