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Someone asked me if it was okay to have the perimeter of her house sprayed with pesticides for cockroach control. more
Many of you have already noticed a small, ground-hugging plant with pale purplish striped flowers that is a harbinger of early spring throughout the state. more
Is your acequia looking for money to repair ditches? Worried about meeting state requirements for an audit? Check out the upcoming workshop sponsored by the New Mexico Acequia … more
Count volunteers follow specified routes, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally. All birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day. more
Yerba de la sangre is often mistaken for holly due to the shape of its leaves. more
The American crow is a common and recognizable year-round bird in the Santa Fe area. This all-black bird with a black bill, legs and feet can have a purple sheen sometimes in direct sunlight. They … more
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
It is time to clean out the old to make room for the new. We asked several local experts for their advice on how to get started organizing your life, including your home computer. more
Penstemons, also called beardtongues, are starting to bloom around Taos. Most common is probably the Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus), which sport rich blue-purple blossoms that can be … more
What is a melittologist? It is a person who studies melittology (from Greek word melitta, meaning "bee" and -logy, meaning "study of"), a branch of entomology concerning the scientific study of bees. … more
Every March, I eagerly await the crocuses in my front garden. One year, the yellow and white varieties came up but not the purple ones. There is only one grouping by … more
Healthy soil is key to growing grass and crops, holding onto rainwater and snowmelt and preventing erosion.The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is offering grants to help farmers, ranchers and … more
English: Purslane, pigweed, moss roseSpanish: VerdolagaFamily: PortulacaceaeGenus & species: Portulaca oleraceaePurslane, known in Spanish as verdolaga, is a low-growing perennial succulent with … more
The autumnal equinox occurred on Sept. 21 and we've said goodbye to the summer sun while those cooler evenings and mornings let us know the beautiful fall days are here. So take … more
Winter is coming but by late February and March there are just times you need a little pop of color to brighten your day. And frankly I get hungry for color at the end of winter. A solution for this is planting bulbs. more
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
Even though there is snow on the ground and last year's gardens are a distant memory, we gardeners are planning for the upcoming growing season. Just because we are not out … more
Lesser goldfinches are in Northern New Mexico all during nesting season, but their population really exploded in late August. Young goldfinches fledged and activity … more
Walking into this Des Montes greenhouse is like stepping through a secret magical door into another reality where it is hot and wet and green, more jungle than desert. more
Escoba de la vibora blooms bright yellow in September and October in northern New Mexico. You will notice it out in the dry places where chamiso (sagebrush) has been cleared and in overgrazed areas. more
Valerian, Fragrant Valerian Spanish: Valeriana Family: Valerianaceae Genus & Species Valeriana acutiloba, Valeriana arizonica, Valeriana edulis Valerian is one of the best-known medicinal herbs, … more
Frost has arrived signaling the end of the growing season and time for garden cleanup. There are two schools of thought about fall chores. One calls for a … more
In addition to lighting the dark nights, decorating the Christmas tree is central to holiday celebrations here. Longtime Taoseños remember going by buggy or pickup truck with their families to cut a Christmas tree in the mountains. more
The annual ritual of buying a Christmas tree is upon us. There are several options afforded us here in Taos. more
The question came up in conversation on a recent field trip, whether hops are native to New Mexico. Hops are added during the brewing process to stabilize and flavor beer and to add bitterness. more
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