Here’s Why Are Ants Awesome!

We all know pollinators are important – but did you know that ants are too? While it’s true that there are some troublesome ants out there, there far more kinds of beneficial ants doing their part to improve the soil and better the growing conditions for plants. The “One-Percenters” Ruin It for the Rest. All ants get a bad rap because about one percent of them are bothersome to humans. The other 99 percent go their merry way – entirely ignoring humans. My motorcycle riding friends have a similar problem.  Read more

Wildlife Resistant Plants for the Southwest

Wildlife keep getting into the yard and munching my carefully nurtured plants. Grrr! Yes, they dig under or climb (or jump) over the barriers and decimate my plantings. The hungry wildlife in my corner of the Southwest include deer, javelina, raccoon, skunk, jack rabbit, cottontail rabbit, rock squirrel, ground squirrel, packrat, and mice. They are all hungry and relentless. (Legal note – this post contains affiliate links.  If you click on them and make a purchase, the non-profit Tierra del Sol Institute will get a few cents at no additional Read more

Hummers of Summer

Summertime is hummer time! Flowers are blooming and hummingbirds are zipping around, collecting nectar and a few insects while they are at it. Last week I mentioned that they need more than just sugar-water feeders. (Gardening for the Birds – here) This week, let’s look at how to fill your landscape with happy healthy hummingbirds! What Hummingbirds Need Every living thing on earth needs food, water, and a place to live. Hummingbirds will need shelter along with their food. Plus they can often be seen basking in a fountain – Read more

Gardening For Birds in the Southwest

Birds are such quick moving creatures – with bright eyes that watch the world around them – searching for the next morsel or tidbit while scanning their surroundings for enemies. Bird watching can be fun – even if you never do learn the species and keep an official “life list.” And it is very easy to attract birds to your Southwest yard with these ten simple tips. Attract Birds to Your Yard What do Southwestern birds need? Same as every living thing on earth needs! Food, water, and a place Read more