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1 May, 2018

May’s Garden Chores

2018-04-25T16:16:12+00:00

May 2018 By Scott Canning, Director of Horticulture May is the month that warms our gardening souls and then breaks our hearts. We seem to always have nice, warm weather in March and April that pushes our spring-blooming plants into precocious growth, and then comes our almost reliable early May hard freeze. Dang it! Why [...]

May’s Garden Chores 2018-04-25T16:16:12+00:00
1 Apr, 2018

April’s Garden Chores

2018-03-30T12:28:39+00:00

April 2018 By Scott Canning, Director of Horticulture Oh my, here we are: Late winter, turning into our precocious, New Mexico “spring”.  Procrastinator that I am, I should have given my readers a March to-do list, but… Lengthening days (especially obvious with the change to daylight savings time) have arrived, and our plants are waking [...]

April’s Garden Chores 2018-03-30T12:28:39+00:00
1 Nov, 2017

November’s Garden Chores

2017-10-31T15:17:34+00:00

By Scott Canning, Director of Horticulture Cutleaf staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina 'Laciniata') in fall color. Photo by Janice Tucker. Come November, most gardeners don’t want to think about gardening anymore.  They want to retreat from the never-ending chores of the growing season.  But a little effort at the end of the season can [...]

November’s Garden Chores 2017-10-31T15:17:34+00:00
24 Jun, 2016

Romancing the Pollinators

2017-01-10T11:50:55+00:00

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 [...]

Romancing the Pollinators 2017-01-10T11:50:55+00:00
2 Mar, 2015

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

2017-01-10T11:52:56+00:00

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, [...]

Repost from Edible Santa Fe: “How Biodynamic Farming Spawned Organic Farming” 2017-01-10T11:52:56+00:00
27 Jan, 2015

Book Review – The Pruning Answer Book by Lewis Hill & Penelope O’Sullivan

2017-01-10T11:53:02+00:00

Review by Sue Wise This little “how to” book is extremely valuable for any gardener. Whether one is working with  a terrace,  back yard, or formal garden, the basics of pruning and the importance of it are fully explored. Able to be carried as one is actually working in the garden, the book is a [...]

Book Review – The Pruning Answer Book by Lewis Hill & Penelope O’Sullivan 2017-01-10T11:53:02+00:00
20 Nov, 2014

Book Review – “Cacti & Succulents for Cold Climates” by Leo J. Chance

2017-01-10T11:53:15+00:00

Cacti & Succulents for Cold Climates by Leo J. Chance November 20, 2014 By Sue Wise Although the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG) Library has 27 books on cacti and succulents alone, none appear to be as relevant as this newest addition to our collection. Cacti & Succulents for Cold Climates, by Leo J. [...]

Book Review – “Cacti & Succulents for Cold Climates” by Leo J. Chance 2017-01-10T11:53:15+00:00
27 May, 2014

Breathing in Life Forces with Biodynamics

2014-05-27T16:21:40+00:00

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 [...]

Breathing in Life Forces with Biodynamics 2014-05-27T16:21:40+00:00
2 May, 2014

What is the climate of Santa Fe?

2017-01-10T11:53:54+00:00

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 [...]

What is the climate of Santa Fe? 2017-01-10T11:53:54+00:00