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November Gardener’s Bloom Day

  Like most Phoenicians, I consider November to be my personal reward. It’s like the desert itself is saying: “Remember that time this summer when you stood on a pothole in your brand new sneakers and the rubber soles literally started melting? And you didn’t run screaming, even though no one would have blamed you?…

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Lawn Gone Book Review** 4.5/5 Stars**

I have been a fan of Pam Penick’s blog, Digging, for some time now. So when I heard she had a book out, my first thought was, about time! Followed by, where the heck did I put my wallet? I was not disappointed. Ms. Penick disdains overly manicured, high maintenance gardens in favor of the…

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Where Heaven Meets Earth: Sky Islands in Southern Arizona

The beady yellow eyes glaring across the clearing at me, were a surprise. “Ah-ha,” I crowed with the slightly deranged fervor of a satisfied birder. “Hello, sky island biodiversity.” The bird, a yellow eyed junco, paused in its nest gathering long enough to spare me another piercing glance before taking off into the trees like…

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Agaves and Sprinklers

Water wise caveat: Above ground sprinklers are a very inefficient way to water plants especially in the Southwest, where 50 percent of the water can be lost due to evaporation. Drip irrigation is a lot more efficient and reduces evaporation loss. If you must have above ground sprinklers, water at night once the temperature cools…