Late June in Tucson. When the cicadas raise a mighty ruckus. And the hot-dry times seem like they'll never end. My okra basin? Filled with drama queens that swoon in the midday sun. Time to build those oh-so-delicate plants a found-object shade cloth structure... I diligently seeded this basin throughout April. (Too cold for the [...]
A couple of posts ago, I talked about the need to have my mesquite tree trimmed. This begs the question of what happened to the cut branches. Well, a couple of things happened to them. Two of the big branches are going to become walking sticks. Here's one of them, in a still life I [...]
You can't call them shrinking violets, but they are in full swoon. They're the flowers on my spaghetti squash plants, and they don't live long...
In the summer of 2007, I began volunteering with Tucson's Watershed Management Group (WMG). The WMG uses a learning-by-doing approach to solve soil and water resource problems. And I was having one right here at home. After I bought this place in 2004, I started planting a xeriscape. In addition to planting low-water use plants, [...]
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