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24 Jun, 2016

Romancing the Pollinators


Article by Maggie Lee, Terra Flora Garden Design Last year in early November with warm weather still with us, I sat in the forest along the Big Tesuque listening to its warbling stream, its edges softened with tussocks of autumned grasses. Above, spires of Douglas Fir punctuate the honey sheen on graygreen trunks of swaying Aspens. Long arches of [...]

2 Mar, 2015

Repost from Edible Santa Fe: “How Biodynamic Farming Spawned Organic Farming”


Original article by by Joseph Mora on February 18, 2015 How Biodynamic Farming Spawned Organic Farming, the Vanishing City of Golden Garbage, and the North American Biodynamic Conference in Santa Fe For coming on a decade now, I’ve often wondered when Biodynamic farming will really catch on in a big way; at least as big as its offshoot concept, [...]

27 May, 2014

Breathing in Life Forces with Biodynamics


By Susan Waterman Originally published March 2011 in Green Fire Times The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association says: “Biodynamics is a type of organic farming that incorporates an understanding of ‘dynamic forces’ in nature not yet fully understood by science. By working creatively with these subtle energies, farmers and gardeners are able to significantly enhance [...]

2 May, 2014

What is the climate of Santa Fe?


By Mollie Parsons, Education Director We have all heard Santa Fe referred to as a high desert, but in fact we are designated as a semi-arid steppe with cold winters by the Köppen Climate Classification System.  This is the primary climate designation systems used by scientists around the world.  The Köppen system takes into account [...]

28 Mar, 2014

Planting Apple Trees in Santa Fe


By Janice Tucker with thanks to Barbara Goede for sharing her knowledge and notes, which contributed to this article. Photos:  Barbara Goede, Linda Churchill, Don Nofte and Janice Tucker Golden delicious apples (Janice Tucker) There are many varieties of apples to choose when deciding to plant in a home garden or orchard. The [...]

1 Feb, 2014

In Support of “Bring Back The Monarch” Movement


Article by Janice Tucker Poison milkweed Asclepias subverticillata by Janice Tucker February 1, 2014 Since the early 1990s observers have noticed that each year fewer monarchs are making their winter migration from Canada to Mexico and summer return trip from Mexico back to Canada. It soon became clear that the disappearance of the [...]

5 Jul, 2012

How to Make Your (Wisteria) Arbor Grow


Photos and text by Philip Metcalf. July 5, 2012 Gardeners planting Wisteria (Fabaceae) often forget the fourth dimension of garden design: time.  In time, a Wisteria's astounding strength can simply crush large wooden arbors, not to mention simple porch supports. These photos, from the garden of Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan, show the construction of [...]