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Plant now for winter harvest

Figuring out when summer ends and fall begins is much less clear in the Sonoran Desert than in other parts of the country. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has defined fall as beginning when the monsoon ends, usually mid-September. Early in the season the daytime temperatures often rise again to near June levels, but the dry…

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Minimize mosquitoes in your yard

Citronella oil or scented candles keep mosquitoes at bay when entertaining outside. Photo courtesy Melinda Myers LLC Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your backyard. Do a bit of yard and garden clean up.  Remove weeds, manage neglected gardens…

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Where dreams really do come true

After years of collecting, planning, designing and building, Dr. Paul and Susan Stander finally have their dream house in Paradise Valley. And almost as soon as they moved in last September, they graciously opened their doors to host events for several non-profits that are close to their hearts. Although the house was built new from…

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Spice up your garden with hot peppers

Don’t be afraid to add a little spicy heat to your meals this season by growing a few hot peppers in either the garden or containers. It’s easier than you think, and many of the hot pepper myths floating around the garden are simply not true. Don’t worry about your hot peppers heating up your sweet peppers. Peppers are normally…

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Healthy kitchen design

As the weather heats up, we think about eating lighter and healthier. Making a few simple changes in your kitchen will help create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle and feels great to work in. These design possibilities are easy to implement. Don’t take it too seriously and have fun creating your unique culinary…

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From the ground up

Scott More knows floors. After 40 years in the flooring industry, that’s no surprise. He’s seen trends come and go, and new technologies and materials move the trade ahead. But one thing has remained consistent – well, grown, actually – his passion for the business. Growing up in Chicago, Scott learned the business from the…

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Water from a plant’s perspective

April provided us with some real surprises, especially that unseasonably cold and wet weather early in the month. Palo verde blossoms are now carpeting the ground, wildflowers are fading, but new leaves and flowers are bursting forth all around us. It will not be long before 100-degree days are beating down on us. So getting…

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Pamper mom in style

By Barbara Kaplan Mother’s Day brings thoughts of my mother and the influence she had on my design life. I guess you can say she helped design my life.  My mother taught me one of the great joys in my life, which is to love beauty. That is, of course, my version of what I…

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