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Column: Common backyard hawks in urban area
Each day, when I get home from the store, I usually make a beeline for the window looking out onto the bird feeding area in my backyard.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

Breaking (hard) ground in order to grow new gardens at Highlands Center
Eight dignitaries with seven shovels had an easy time poking through the pine needles, but the hard-packed soil below was a different story at this past Friday's James Family Discovery Gardens groundbreaking ceremony at the Highlands Center for Natural History.
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Column: The Paton Center is dedicated as an Important Bird Area in Patagonia
For more than forty years, one of my favorite places to go bird watching in Arizona has been the small town of Patagonia, in Santa Cruz County.
Thursday, October 08, 2015

Column: Chasing a rare bird adds a new species to my life list
On Thursday of last week, I received a Prescott Rare Bird email notification of yet another rare bird sighting at Granite Basin Lake-this time it was a purple gallinule.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Column: The one that almost got away
It is not very often that I see a 'new' bird that I have never seen before.
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tempt your sweetie with chocolate treats
For many people, chocolate is always in season and they don't need a reason to buy it or bake it! But since Valentine's Day is approaching, here are several recipes from the delightful bean.
Friday, February 05, 2010

Fruitful hints for tree-planting
The definition of a bare-root plant is one that has been grown in a field, lifted from the field with no dirt left clinging to its roots, and shipped to market in that condition. Hence the name bare-root.
Friday, February 05, 2010

Gardening tips for newcomers to the area
Most of us have had gardens in places where the soil is rich, its pH perfectly balanced, where the climate is blessed with consistent rainfall, gentle sun, and plant-coddling humidity. Mountain soil and climate present the opposite of such ideal gardening conditions.
Friday, January 29, 2010

It's time to think about seedlings
Garden Alert! Heavy snow is breaking branches off of juniper, pine, spruce, and cypress evergreens. Also being damaged are tall broad leafs like photinia, magnolia and Silverberry.
Friday, January 22, 2010

Use what you have on-hand
Just about everywhere you look this month it is all about organizing. From a kitchen standpoint, a well-organized pantry can serve you well. It can mean using what you have on hand, saving trips to the store, less impulse-buying, etc.
Friday, January 22, 2010

It's that time - time to prune
The New Year opens the door on that window of time to cut back ornamental grasses, trees and perennial shrubs. If left unpruned, plants can become overgrown, unruly and downright ugly.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Save money on a new plant by recycling poinsettias
This year, there's no reason for people in the tri-city area to stuff poinsettias into plastic bags and send them off to gorge landfills. Watters Garden Center is asking residents to bring their poinsettias into the garden center to be recycled.
Friday, January 08, 2010

Don't be shy about varying traditional recipes
"Variations on a theme" is not limited to music compositions, and can also be put to use in the kitchen. One example is a basic potato soup, which tastes awfully good on these cold days.
Friday, January 08, 2010

Healthy houseplants make healthy households
Indoor plants are soothing because of their visual impact. On cold wintry days they add warm touches of life to enclosed, stuffy rooms. As we make our homes tight to reduce heating and cooling bills, our indoor air quality becomes a serious health issue.
Friday, January 08, 2010

A gardener's New Year resolutions
The past two weeks' combination of snow and wind can bring grief to any landscape. As snow loads up on trees, the excessive weight is unbearable to plants with under-developed root systems.
Friday, December 25, 2009

Light recipes to enjoy post-holiday
Since most of us have probably had a bit too much to eat but are still enjoying seasonal foods, here are a couple that are a little lighter and yet festive and tasty.
Friday, December 25, 2009

Gift ideas for the gardener in your life
'Tis the time of year for buying gifts, and although thinking of what to give can be challenging, gifts abound for the gardeners on your list.
Friday, December 18, 2009

Prescott woman decorates childhood home with quirky nostalgic items
Susie Beyea has fond memories of growing up in a 109-year-old house on South Mt. Vernon Avenue and playing in the neighborhood.

Beyea 48, and her husband, Bob, moved back into the house three years ago and, since then, she has been adding new twists to the house.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Make your Christmas tree the focal point
Each year, 33 million Americans lug home cut Christmas trees. The unfortunate truth is that often the trees end up not looking right in the rooms where they will be displayed. Here are things to consider so your Christmas tree will make its best possible appearance in your home.
Friday, December 11, 2009

Start holiday tradition of baking cookies with kids
This column marks five years of sharing recipes with all of you! Here are some new ones to try as the holiday baking season gets in full swing. Include kids in the preparations and create some fun traditions!
Friday, December 11, 2009

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