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Catching Up ; Our Little Veggie Garden

Sometimes you get so behind on a project, you just don’t know where to begin. That’s what happened here. I’ve been waiting for the time to write about our new garden and chicken pen extension. Time for detailed posts never came. Change of plan. That’s what gardeners do best, we change things. Right? Below is the long-story-short, told by photographs: Our thirty-year-old orange tree
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Garden Planter Combination ~Joy, Gladness, & Spendor

Our entire garden space is visible from our kitchen, office, and family room. It is a living, moving, breathing, singing addition to our daily lives. As such, we keep it groomed, fed, and full of color. This planter has spent over a dozen years on our patio. It contains my favorite combination of flowers: geranium, pansy, sweet alyssum, and rain
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What To Do About Freeze Damage?

Many plants in Tucson and surrounding areas suffered damage from below freezing temps, recently.  We recommend patience when dealing with the aftermath, but in some cases there is no doubt about what to do.  Below is a severely damaged impatiens plant that was happily growing and blooming in a pot on our patio. In it’s shady spot on the north
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Our Giant Swallowtail Story

About a month ago I plucked a gooey Orange Dog Caterpillar from  one of our baby Clementine orange trees. Kinda gross, huh?   Yeah, before I touched it with a stick to make it poke out its tiny orange horns, it looked like a bird dropping.  This ugly masquerade is to fool birds so they don’t decide to have caterpillar for
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My Summertime Friend

Just after checking out of the office, yesterday, Rain started to knock on my roof with his silvery knuckles. ” Hello! ” Was the friendly greeting,  “I’m back.  Can you come out and play?” A visitation from Rain is an EVENT in Tucson.  Knowing it would be brief, I  ran –yes– RAN — for my camera and headed to the
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Residents Visitors and Invaders

The natural world is a wild place.  Many of us do not notice how wild, because we have built our habitats to keep ourselves safe and comfortable, insulating our lives from its wild elements.  I’m happy to report that in our 36 years gardening in Tucson’s suburbs in the Sonoran desert, I’ve never seen a rattlesnake, bobcat or Gila Monster in my
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Finding Your Way at Night

Nothing says, “Welcome home,” like lighting. In the “olden days” a loved one might place a candle  in the window to guide you home in the dark. Not anymore… Now we have low voltage lighting to help us find the door. Here is some lighting we did for a client recently. They live on a hill in a remote area
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