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Succulents take a star turn at Sonoran X Conference

Succulents take a star turn at Sonoran X Conference

Some are born to plant nerdiness. Some have plant nerdiness thrust upon them.

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Succulent gardens nurture that green thumb

Succulent gardens nurture that green thumb

Gardeners come to Gene Joseph fed up with daily watering.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tomatoes, Part 2: Soil, pests and diseases

Tomatoes, Part 2: Soil, pests and diseases

Now that you're ready to plant, be sure to use the right amendments to ensure healthy plants.

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Tomatoes, Part 3: Watering and selecting the right variety

Tomatoes, Part 3: Watering and selecting the right variety

Besides soil, the biggest key to successful gardening in the desert is ...

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Teeny urban farm is "patch of green in a sea of brown"

Teeny urban farm is "patch of green in a sea of brown"

Sometimes the traffic whizzing past is calming, like listening to ocean waves.

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Learn the best ways to grow citrus and deciduous fruit trees and shrubs

Learn the best ways to grow citrus and deciduous fruit trees and shrubs

South-side resident Paul Fimbres has been growing orange and tangerine trees for a few years but can’t seem to get a reliable crop every year.

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Kids grow out of picky eating

Kids grow out of picky eating

Every once and a while, as Leza Carter strolls between fourth- and fifth-graders at farm camp, she scans the farm looking for her son, Nico Powell.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Creosote: Magic of the desert

Creosote: Magic of the desert

Its Latin name is larrea tridentata.

October 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Seeing green this winter

Seeing green this winter

True, there usually are no tomatoes, the stars of most spring and summer gardens. But fall and winter vegetable gardens offer their own joys.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Vintage trailers roll into Tucson Mod Week

Vintage trailers roll into Tucson Mod Week

Taking a road trip with the Mastrangelo family is like buckling into a big silver time capsule.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Tucson’s aquaponics community in the spotlight

Tucson’s aquaponics community in the spotlight

Tucson’s aquaponics community will be in the spotlight when it hosts the Aquaponics Association’s third annual conference of tours, speakers, …

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Tasting History at Mission Garden in Tucson

Tasting History at Mission Garden in Tucson

At the foot of Sentinel Peak, visitors to Mission Garden split open a pomegranate and nibble the sweet jewels inside.

July 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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With monsoon debut, now's the time for summer garden with native plants

With monsoon debut, now's the time for summer garden with native plants

The arrival of the monsoon rains make this a great time to plant a summer garden.

July 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Where we live: Menlo Park

Where we live: Menlo Park

For more than 4,000 years, man has been drawn to the base of Sentinel Peak to harvest the land and to create a home. From early pit houses to …

June 30, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Please don't kill the succulents: Book shows how to protect them

Please don't kill the succulents: Book shows how to protect them

Succulents have specific requirements in terms of soil, cold exposure and watering regime, but for Jacqueline A. Soule the primary considerati…

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Summer approaches, so give heat-loving plants a home

Summer approaches, so give heat-loving plants a home

Summer's heat is drawing near, and many sun-loving plants are just beginning to thrive.

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Living pictures are hot trend

Living pictures are hot trend

Looking for a fresh way to liven up your garden walls? Think plants, not paintings.

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Scandinavian style has simple, refined vibe

Perhaps to alleviate the dreariness of long northern winters, Scandinavian style tends toward folk-art florals, crisp checks, plaids and strip…

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Phenology: the study of nature's seasonal changes

Phenology: the study of nature's seasonal changes

Plant observer Patricia A. Pearson was so impressed by the life of a wild lilac bush growing in the Santa Rita Mountains that she bought one f…

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New uses for old swimming pools

New uses for old swimming pools

Not long ago, Tucsonans wanted pools the way Southern Californians wanted convertibles and surfboards.

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Homeowners to show gardens so visitors can snag some ideas

Homeowners to show gardens so visitors can snag some ideas

Artful teamwork created the lush 3-year-old desert garden at Bob and Judy Schumann's Oro Valley home.

April 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Winners of Tucson garden-design challenge

A multipurpose living space that looks out on a Zenlike desert garden won the Growdown competition at Tucson Botanical Gardens.

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Microgreens easy to grow, good to eat

On the growth continuum between seeds and mature plants, microgreens lie somewhere on the "newly arrived" side, between sprouts and baby vegetables.

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Colorful, hearty bougainvillea save blooms for warmer months

Colorful, hearty bougainvillea save blooms for warmer months

Bougainvilleas follow two unbreakable rules that gardeners would be wise to pay attention to.

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Getting started: Organic gardening tips for newbies

If you're tackling organic vegetable gardening for the first time, here are a few tips to get you started. They're from organic gardeners and …

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Baby-led transition to solids

‘Our son is nearly 14 months old. When he turned 1, he moved out of the infant room at day care and was expected to start eating the food that…

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My wife is in intensive care — what about her airline ticket?

Q: Earlier this year, I booked flights with Expedia on Icelandair for a trip to Paris and London for my wife and me. It was to be in celebrati…

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Pipe organ gets new life at Tucson's Catalina United Methodist

Pipe organ gets new life at Tucson's Catalina United Methodist

For a senior pastor facing his third sermon on a Sunday morning, nothing lifts the spirit quite like the triumphant boom of a pipe organ.

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Spring tests bird ingenuity and determination

“Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it.”

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UA Compost Cats contributes to greener living

UA Compost Cats contributes to greener living

Chester Philips and his crew of 10 University of Arizona student employees deal in the life cycle of dirt.

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Simple hair tutorial: Here's an up 'do as easy as a ponytail

Simple hair tutorial: Here's an up 'do as easy as a ponytail

The hotter it gets, the harder it gets to look pulled together.

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Literary legacy contributes to sense of community

Literary legacy contributes to sense of community

Editor’s note: This is the next in our series exploring Tucson neighborhoods — the homes, the vibes, the people. Look for the Where We Live se…

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Here's an up 'do as easy as a ponytail

Here's an up 'do as easy as a ponytail

The hotter it gets, the harder it gets to look pulled together.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 20

For the past three years we have limited visits with my family to three days for our sanity. The prospect of a weeklong visit is already makin…

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Best known for his stunning ceramic birds, Boehm had an intriguing sideline

Q: What is current value on my two limited-edition phrenology pieces by Boehm?

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Can I have insulation blown into my wall?

Can I have insulation blown into my wall?

Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Rosie Romero’s radio show with questions. His goal is to provide answers that suit the…

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Horoscope for April 20

Horoscope for April 20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Sunday, April 20, 2014: This year you often put in extraordinary effort to make your dreams a reality. The toll that these …

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Ask Amy: Keep out of a friend’s troubled marriage

Ask Amy: Keep out of a friend’s troubled marriage

Friend might keep hubby, lose friendship

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Pope to baptize 10 people in Easter Vigil

Pope to baptize 10 people in Easter Vigil

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica in which he will baptize 10 people.

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Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (AP) — An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated…

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Horoscope for April 19

Horoscope for April 19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, April 19, 2014: This year you have an opportunity to break a pattern and become more dynamic; travel and a foreig…

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Pope leads torch-lit Good Friday procession

Pope leads torch-lit Good Friday procession

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is presiding over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum marking Good Friday in Rome.

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Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Leaders of a prominent atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 18

Dear Carolyn:

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Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reaching out

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing about Easter falling on April 20th this year — the pot-lover's highest holiday.

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Horoscope for April 18

Horoscope for April 18

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, April 18, 2014: This year you will be more energized than you have been in a long time. You have a sense of directi…

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A must-read for craft beer fanatics

The story of craft beer in America is as much about good beer as it is small business. I find it fascinating.

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Passover and Easter linked by moon and spring equinox

Passover began Monday at sunset, and Easter is Sunday.

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Home Cooking: A light and airy fruit pudding from America's past

Home Cooking: A light and airy fruit pudding from America's past

Snow pudding is a great old American recipe that dates back to pioneer days, back when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rel…

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Christian broadcaster wins health care injunction

DENVER (AP) — Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his min…

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The case for separate beds

The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids. We have a comfortable, firm kin…

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The demise of collegiate fun

ST. LOUIS — A few years ago, the psychologist Peter Gray released a fascinating — and sobering — study: Lack of free play in millennials' over…

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

WASHINGTON — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Obama said Thursday, besting expec…

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Doctors often stand behind their lucrative procedures

WASHINGTON — Challenged to list several questionable procedures that are commonly used in their field, America’s joint surgeons came out again…

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Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual d…

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Kentucky jury convicts ex-priest in sodomy case

Kentucky jury convicts ex-priest in sodomy case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A jury has convicted a former Catholic priest of three counts of sodomy in a case stemming from the 1970s.

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Horoscope for April 17

Horoscope for April 17

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, April 17, 2014: This year you relate on more of an individual level, as you find this type of interaction far mor…

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Vegan bake sale to help homeless animals

Lovin’ Spoonfuls Vegetarian Restaurant, Urban Fresh, Green Heart Bakery and Ashley Welsh, who bakes for the Rincon Market, are among the culin…

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Arepas: Satisfying Latin flatbread is a versatile comfort food

Arepas: Satisfying Latin flatbread is a versatile comfort food

Journey through the neighborhoods of Bogota, Colombia, and you are likely to find a dozen different ways to make arepas (ah-REH-pahs).

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A quick, easy coconut pudding perfect for Easter

A quick, easy coconut pudding perfect for Easter

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a Hispanic bakery that changed my understanding of what a delicious pudding could be.

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Giving Easter side dishes the respect they deserve

Giving Easter side dishes the respect they deserve

If Thanksgiving is all about the sides, Easter is all about the main. While we agonize over styles of stuffings, whole or smooth cranberry sau…

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Art of the ‘choke: Supermarket freezer case unlocks key to weeknight rendering

Art of the ‘choke: Supermarket freezer case unlocks key to weeknight rendering

Fresh artichokes are one of my favorite foods, and yet I find myself passing them by at the grocery store, having thought about the work in cl…

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Is avoiding makeup feminism or laziness?

WASHINGTON — Is makeup going away? Is it the End of Makeup? We've seen hordes of #nomakeupselfies — all pale, chapped lips and hooded eyes — o…

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What to wear to the fair

Fried foods, carnival rides, concerts and a petting zoo. The Pima County Fair has a little something for everyone. The annual event runs throu…

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Bill Nye says he underestimated debate's impact

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye says he underestimated the impact of a February debate in Kentucky on evolution and creatio…

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Religion news in brief

Religion news in brief

Obama to faith leaders: No immigration fix planned

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Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square

Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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Horoscope for April 16

Horoscope for April 16

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, April 16, 2014: This year you often disagree with those around you. How you manifest this difference of opinion …

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Ask Amy: Advice for the Real World for April 15

Ask Amy: Advice for the Real World for April 15

Nocturnal admission keeps guy guessing

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Vatican responds to next round of UN abuse inquiry

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has responded to the latest round of U.N. sex abuse inquiries by suggesting it is only responsible for impleme…

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Horoscope for April 15

Horoscope for April 15

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, April 15, 2014: This year you often get into situations where you encounter a conflict of ideas and actions. You w…

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