Critter-Resistant Gardening

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I gave a talk at Warner’s Root Camp recently on Deer and Javelina Resistant Gardening. I thought by putting this talk together, I would have a lot more answers on what to do. We get many calls at the extension office on what do about wildlife damage in the garden. I figured all I had […]

Tomatoes & Your Health

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Year after year, tomatoes are the most popular home garden crop and it’s not hard to understand why. They are delicious, relatively easy to grow, and amazingly versatile. Whether you use them for sauces or soups, add them to a summer sandwich or just snack on one straight off the vine, tomatoes are amazing. But […]

The Beauty of Raised Beds

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Raised bed gardens are very popular and it’s easy to see why. They make gardens of flowers or food easy to maintain; they can give your yard an orderly look and if your property’s soil is very poor, they are a terrific alternative. Another reason raised garden beds are so popular is that they are […]

Build a Healthy Garden Soil

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I moved to Flagstaff in 1993, promptly tried my hand at gardening, and quickly learned that I wasn’t in Pennsylvania anymore. We have many challenges here in the high country that make gardening so much more interesting than in Pennsylvania. I’ve learned that one of the biggest challenges is working with our soil. Soils in […]

Gardening for Mental & Physical Fitness

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I am always singing the praises of gardening. Typically, I tend to talk about gardening as a way to beautify your home, spend time with your family and grow fabulous things – be they trees or flower beds or tasty tomatoes or veggies. Today, however, I want to take a look at the many health […]

Bare Root Plants

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Bare root plants might look a little like a bunch of half-dead stems, but today I’m going to share with you how to get the most out of these plants that are truly a great bang for your buck. You will usually see rhubarb, raspberries, grapes and asparagus plants in bare root. The first step […]

Getting Ready for Spring by Pruning

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We are getting back into the swing of things for the upcoming gardening season. On March 12, we’ll start our annual Root Camp classes and the very first one will be about spring pruning. If you aren’t able to attend that class, here are some basic tips. Pruning helps maintain the health of your tree […]

Root Camp: Gardening as a Team Sport

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Spring is coming. We can feel it in the nursery. It’s more than the fact that we’ve stocked up on seeds and soil and everything gardeners need to get ready for a new season. It’s a feeling of excitement. The days are getting longer, they’ll get warmer (eventually), and before you know it, we’ll be […]

Terrarium Fun!

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For houseplant lovers, one of the most fun projects you can do is create a little miniature “garden under glass,” better known as a terrarium. We’ll be holding a terrarium workshop later this month, but I wanted to give you a preview of what goes into creating this beautiful item that can add so much to […]

Planning Now for Veggie Garden Success

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With cold days and snow ahead of us, it might seem a little early to start thinking about this year’s vegetable garden, but now is the perfect time to start planning so that you can start preparing for the garden you want this summer. Northern Arizona Gardeners have two big challenges every year as they […]