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Strategies to get a friend or loved one to declutter
Often things accumulate so slowly that the people living with it barely notice.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Turn fruits and vegetables into tasty jams, spreads
With the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available from farmer's markets to grocery stores, here are a few simple recipes to stretch those great flavors to use in other ways.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Local lakes provide habitat to dozens of bird species
The hot, dry months of May and June saw the water levels at Willow and Watson Lakes drop drastically.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Arizona bird-watching opportunities abound
There are several bird watching opportunities coming up over the next several weeks.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Prescott Creeks plans educational program on invasive weed species
The Prescott Creeks organization will be conducting a number of events in coming weeks to teach the public about invasive weed species.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Birding challenging without binoculars
This past Saturday I led a Jay's Bird Barn sponsored bird walk. When one of the participants arrived at the store, she said she had left the house in such a hurry she had forgotten her binoculars.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dayplanner key to getting tasks accomplished
Q: I often wake up and feel flustered about what I am going to be able to get done during the day. Do you have any suggestions to help me with that? - Ann K
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Column: As nesting winds down, birds are on the move
Many of the bird species that summer and breed in the Central Highlands area of Arizona are finishing up their parental duties as their fledglings leave the nest and begin to strike out on their own.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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

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

Don't be shy about varying traditional recipes
"Variations on a theme" is not limited to music compositions, and can also be put to use in the kitchen. One example is a basic potato soup, which tastes awfully good on these cold days.
Friday, January 08, 2010

Healthy houseplants make healthy households
Indoor plants are soothing because of their visual impact. On cold wintry days they add warm touches of life to enclosed, stuffy rooms. As we make our homes tight to reduce heating and cooling bills, our indoor air quality becomes a serious health issue.
Friday, January 08, 2010


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