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Native Southwest plants and animals are rapidly disappearing from our area of the state. Jennifer Patton, a local landscape architect, and her husband and business partner Ben Wilder investigate the reasons why, and what can be done to stop the extinction.

It’s time to get your garden ready for the burst of spring growth. Tip of the Month The secret to producing good tomatoes and peppers in the desert is to get them planted early. Set out six-inch transplants of peppers and tomatoes between mid-February and mid- March. Cover plants if late frost is predicted. Early […]

June As the weather warms, we Tucsonans get busy in our gardens. Hot and dry … a challenge for our gardens. PLANTING Sow seeds of cantaloupe, corn, green beans, summer squash, native melons, Armenian cucumber and okra. Plant warm-season color annuals such as cosmos, hollyhock, marigold, salvia, sunflower, zinnia, gaillardia, gomphrena, coreopsis, vinca and gazania. […]