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Names: Sacred Sage, South Dakota Sage, man sage, Silver wormwood, Prairie sage. more
With current concern about genetically modified seeds, local seed preservation is more important than ever. more
Hidden behind the stately former home of artist Nicholai Fechin a beautiful new garden waits to be discovered. Water bubbles over a small boulder into a … more
Arnica is one of the best-known medicinal herbs in the Western world with species growing in the Americas and Europe. more
How to transform dirt into a nutrient-rich soil plants love more
Trees want our help. Watering is the most important element for the trees. Watering the trees at the drip line area adds moisture where the absorption roots are concentrated. more
Patricia West-BarkerFor The Taos News"What fruit has the eye of a widow and wears the cloak of a beggar?" asks an old Spanish riddle. Answer: A really ripe fig, when the oculus on its bottom opens … more
Ortegilla (Spanish). Family: Urticaceae. Genus/species: Urtica dioica. more
I first became aware that many people in Taos raise chickens when my new neighbors broughttheir birds over from their previous house. They built the chicken pen up against our shared fence, which … more
Spanish: Cañiagre, CañiagriaEnglish: Red dock, curly dock, tanner's dockFamily: Polygonacea (Buckwheat family)Genus species: Rumex hymenosepalusCañiagre is native to western North … 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
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
English: Gumweed, Spanish: Yerba del Buey. Yerba del Buey is in bloom throughout August in Northern New Mexico and … more
Seventeen members of the Taos Chapter of Native Plant Society of New Mexico hiked the Agua Sarca trail (near Sipapu) on July 29 and were delighted to identify more than 60 species of wildflowers and … more
It is essential to care for your trees, especially under the harsh conditions that Taos is currently weathering. Trees provide habitat for wildlife, help support other plants, cool the environment … more
Like humans, trees can become sick. But unlike humans, trees do not have specialized cells to fight off diseases. So, it is important to do what you can to improve the health of your … more
Bison Star Naturals has been making their fragrant and sustainable products since 2013 in Taos. The company's beautiful soaps in the shapes of shells, hearts and buffalos are available … more
The flowers are effective for lower respiratory inflammation and especially useful for a hot, dry cough, encouraging moist secretions and helping to relax spasms. more
On June 20, the Taos Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico welcomes Renee Galeanno-Popp, founder of Project Pine Cone, as the speaker at our monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of … more
The Taos Farmers Market was one of the open-air markets that got its start in the early 1970s."The Taos market operated for the first time in 1972 and was considered successful," according to an … more
Growing throughout New Mexico, and the world for that matter, storksbill is a member of the geranium family that was likely introduced by Spanish explorers to the Southwest. 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
What is a weed anyway? To many it's simply a plant growing where you don't want it, whether it's native or "exotic," originating outside of North America. But one class of weeds is … more
Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos is celebrating its 70th anniversary of beautifying Taos by holding it's annual Garden and Home Tour on Saturday (Aug. 3). The tour is … more
With the lengthening of days, we begin to feel more energy.The pineal gland located at the base of the brain receives more light through the retina of our eyes, which signals the human … more
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