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Find interesting and informative articles covering a wide range of topics relevant to gardening in Northern New Mexico- written by local gardeners! Check for Gardening Maintenance Workshops and classes in our Upcoming Events listing.

Breathing in Life Forces with Biodynamics

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 Read more »

May 27, 2014, Santa Fe Gardening

What is the climate of Santa Fe?

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 Read more »

May 2, 2014, Santa Fe Gardening

Planting Apple Trees in Santa Fe

By Janice Tucker with thanks to Barbara Goede for sharing her knowledge and notes, which contributed to this article. Photos:  Barbara Goede, Linda Churchill, Don Nofte and Janice Tucker There are many varieties of apples to choose when deciding to plant in a home garden or orchard. The Santa Fe climate is friendly to a Read more »

March 28, 2014, Santa Fe Gardening

In Support of “Bring Back The Monarch” Movement

Article by Janice Tucker February 1, 2014 Since the early 1990s observers have noticed that each year fewer monarchs are making their winter migration from Canada to Mexico and summer return trip from Mexico back to Canada. It soon became clear that the disappearance of the Milkweed plant habitats – a vital part of the monarchs’ existence Read more »

February 1, 2014, Santa Fe Gardening

How to Make Your (Wisteria) Arbor Grow

Photos and text by Philip Metcalf. July 5, 2012 Gardeners planting Wisteria (Fabaceae) often forget the fourth dimension of garden design: time.  In time, a Wisteria’s astounding strength can simply crush large wooden arbors, not to mention simple porch supports. These photos, from the garden of Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan, show the construction of an Read more »

July 5, 2012, Santa Fe Gardening

Gardening Books for Children

By Sue Wise One of the many benefits of membership in SFBG is the 1550-volume library located in the SFBG office on Museum Hill. This is the time of year when some members may have children asking questions about gardening, insects, flowers and other aspects of the natural world. Although our bookshelves of children’s books Read more »

April 3, 2012, Santa Fe Gardening

Reviewed: “Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens”

By Maggie Lee, a New Mexico-based garden designer quite familiar with drought-tolerant plants. In their new book, “Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens,” Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden offer a unique resource of 200 adaptive plants ranging from trees to cacti. Accompanying the introductory page to each section, the authors’ beautifully-photographed garden vignettes illustrate accomplished examples of textural Read more »

March 12, 2012, Santa Fe Gardening

Santa Fe’s designation in USDA’s 2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an updated version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map.  The previous map, published in 1990, determined zones using weather data for 1974 through 1986. The new map analyzed 30 years of data, 1976-2005, to determine more accurate average minimum temperatures across the country. This tool, jointly developed by USDA’s Agricultural Read more »

January 25, 2012, Santa Fe Gardening

Gardening By The Book

By Kay Burdette Reading Between the Vines Gardeners are readers. Reading is especially appealing during those winter days when the “weather outside is frightful.” Here’s a list of mostly 2011 books to entertain, to inspire, or just to enjoy. In order to compile the list I looked at a variety of print and digital sources. Read more »

December 23, 2011, Santa Fe Gardening

September in the vegetable garden

By Giant Veggie Gardener It’s time to harvest warm season vegetables – tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, corn, summer and winter squashes. September is usually the last month to harvest these warm season vegetables, as the season ends when we get down to 32°F at night. But, if we’re lucky and have an Indian summer, Read more »

September 1, 2011, Santa Fe Gardening

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