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    Bee Friendly and Bee Safe

    September is National Honey Month, so today we focus today on bees. While we enjoy the fruits of the their labor, not many of us want a swarm of them settling in the backyard, especially since the Africanized “killer” bees are a fact of life across the Southwest — in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. The Food…

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    Microclimates Help Plants Beat Heat–and Cold

    A microclimate mimics nature and even human behavior. Let’s say it is 105 degrees Fahrenheit on a sunny desert afternoon. What is the first thing you do if you are having to wait outside for your Uber ride? Move 10 feet over and stand or sit in the shade of a tree! When the weather heats up in summer or…

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    Product Review: Dramm Quick Change Systems

    Even though we plant plenty of waterwise plants in our Southwest gardens, we have to water in times of drought and high heat to get seeds started or new plants established, and for lots of home and garden chores. When you water with a hose, you often have to disconnect and reconnect it to new devices, like a watering wand,…

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    Caring for Vegetables and Herbs in Heat and Drought

    I know some areas of the Southwest have received excellent rain and some of the northern rivers are full of snow melt. But where I live in southeastern New Mexico, we have recorded only 4.85 inches of rain all year – and only about one quarter inch this summer. Plus, we went from cooler than normal to hotter than normal.…

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    Desert Mistletoe Attracts Wildlife

    There are many species of mistletoe around the world, found on a number of trees. Many people mistakenly think they have to get rid of mistletoe plants, but they shouldn’t — at least in the Southwest. Desert mistletoe attracts native birds and butterflies. All mistletoe plants are toxic. The berries of almost all mistletoe species are toxic. The one exception…