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For Taos gardeners who are excited to welcome the planting season, here are some ideas on how to be ready for the coming warm weather. From starting seeds inside to … more
Part of a living system, trees are only as healthy as the soil, water, companion plants, fungi and pollinators that support them. The biggest challenges I see for many trees is that … more
The Taos Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico awakens from our winter dormancy on March 20. We will welcome Ben Wright and Juniper Manley, of the Taos Land Trust, who will update us on … more
Spanish: Chimajá. English: Spring parsley. One of my very favorite herbs is one that appears in the spring before most anything else begins to turn green. more
With current concern about genetically modified seeds, local seed preservation is more important than ever. more
Names: Sacred Sage, South Dakota Sage, man sage, Silver wormwood, Prairie sage. more
The goal of firescaping is to surround our houses with things that are less likely to be ignited by sparks and to slow or limit burning when they do ignite. 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
Two species of elderberry grow wild in New Mexico: Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa). 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
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
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
Back in the summer, you may have read in this column about the statewide native plant photo contest, "Snap That Plant!" sponsored by the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.The results … more
Yerba de la sangre is often mistaken for holly due to the shape of its leaves. 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
November has already brought colder temperatures. A warm and comfortable house can make the coming winter a cozy and pleasant experience. But for those with … more
Evening grosbeaks are stunning, stocky birds and you'll know it if you see one in your backyard. They aren't loyal backyard visitors though. Evening grosbeaks are an … more
The subject is money. Relax, it's not about yours but about the grants awarded by the Native Plant Society of New Mexico from the Jack and Martha Carter Conservation Fund. Thanks to generous donations … more
'The congested forests that we are familiar with today are completely unnatural and will not endure, and neither will our … more
In New Mexico folk medicine, oshá de la sierra root is sometimes worn on the boots to repel viboras (rattlesnakes) and kept in the pocket or under the pillow. It is said to repel infection and mal ojo (the evil eye). more
With the coming of fall, thoughts turn to preserving the fruits of the fields, trees and vines. Northern New Mexico has a long history of food preservation through drying, canning and … 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
Regenerative agriculture is an approach to farming that enriches the soil rather than depleting it. more
Añil del muerto, a plant with bright yellow flowers and blue-green leaves, begins blooming near the end of July and throughout most of August in Northern New Mexico. more
Did you know 235 rare and endangered plant species live in New Mexico? Of these, 109 species occur only in New Mexico and nowhere else in the world. more
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