The short frost-free growing season in the Southwest can make growing crops through to harvest a tricky business. Savvy gardeners muster all the help they can and many use cold frames, which can extend the growing season by months.
Cold frames use free energy, relying on the sun's warmth shining through the clear cover. Be sure that your cover is made of PVC, plastic or polycarbonate, so that it's light enough to lift easily.
Flagstaff, AZ – Agricultural grapes have a surprisingly long history in Arizona, particularly in the Verde Valley and Jerome. The grapes even survived prohibition. Now Verde Valley winemakers are beginning to boom.
Flagstaff, AZ – With a growing movement toward sustainable, locally-grown food, cities across the country, including Flagstaff, are changing ordinances so that residents can raise backyard chickens within city limits.
Flagstaff, AZ – Pipe Springs National Monument is a cool oasis in the hot desert of northern Arizona. But it might not have stayed that way if a former director of the National Park Service hadn't had car trouble near the future monument.
Flagstaff, AZ – Biologists in Grand Canyon are conducting an experiment on a tiny native fish whose populations have become threatened. In this installment of Earth Notes, we hear about the funny-looking Humpback Chub's fight - and flight - for survival.