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Burrowing owls can use your help with habitats
I mentioned in my column last week how a homeowner invited me out to see several western screech owls that were roosting in her carport.
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Warmer weather begs spring's bounty in desserts
With our wonderful Prescott weather now warm, as we make plans for outdoor events, lighter desserts usually are what we reach for.
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Column: Recent bird sightings add to big year total
Occasionally, when a customer calls to report an unusual bird sighting in his yard, an invitation is extended to me to come see the rare bird.
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Column: How birds get water in summer
Earlier this week I was down in Phoenix, and it was 112 degrees outside. Fortunately, I love the heat, and this kind of weather doesn't bother me at all.
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Organization is key to maximizing work productivity
Q: What is the best way to stay organized with tax paperwork and receipts? - Tonya M.
Saturday, June 07, 2014

Column: Nesting behavior of wild birds can vary
Over the last few weeks I have heard a lot of baby quail stories from customers.
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Column: Recent rare bird sightings abound in the Prescott area
Spring migration has been nothing short of phenomenal this year. The variety and the quantity of migratory birds have truly been amazing over the last few weeks.
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Color-coded folders, filing cabinets keep desk clear
Q: What's a viable alternative to the "horizontal" filing system for paperwork on a desk? Stacking random paperwork, files, etc., on desks creates a sense of clutter and chaos and is not very appealing aesthetically.
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Iris garden that survived fire a sign of hope to Yarnell man
When Dan Schroeder lost his home in the Yarnell Hill fire, a lovely white iris spoke to him and showed him his future.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Savory and sweet sauces add zing to entrees, desserts
Today we will "sauce it up" with various sauces. A sauce can turn a rather ordinary entrée or dessert into something special.
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Column: Gardens can be both beautiful and water-wise
True or false? Water-wise gardens are ugly. False! There are hundreds of trees, shrubs, grasses, succulents and flowers that are beautiful, flourish in our climate and are water-wise.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Column: The coming and going of birds marks the change of seasons
How do you mark the seasons? The arrival or departure of migratory birds is a reliable indicator.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Column: Take the plunge and start planting vegetables
In fear that a late frost would damage young plants, I have been holding back planting my first crop of summer vegetables.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

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.
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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


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