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Mulch: Few things have such a dramatic impact on plant health in our hot, dry climate – and are so simple

Mulching is the art of nourishing and protecting your soil with a layer of organic matter applied evenly to the surface. It mimics the way that nature recycles organic matter to bu …

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Herbs for a magical Midsummer: Potions you can make to soothe your summertime body and celebratory soul.

Summer Solstice is just around the corner! The last few months have been a bit dark and heavy for many of us, so I’m looking forward to celebrating the Sun, the Summer, and a littl …

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Creature of Nature: Jimmy Turner A visit with Red Butte Garden’s new Executive Director

Red Butte Garden’s new executive director, Jimmy Turner, arrived in Utah from Australia on March 13. The same day, in response to Covid-19, the garden shut down. At a time when thi …

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Spaceship Earth: A new film to inspire the power of small groups to reimagine our world

You may remember the story—in 1991, in Oracle, Arizona, about an hour north of Tucson, eight people sealed themselves inside “Biosphere 2,” a glass-enclosed space built to mimic Ea …

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Monica’s story

The following story is one of three collective stories (see “Community Cats” and “Meet the Cat Avenger: Julie Davis”) on feral felines and the women who love them.  One cat leads t …

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Meet the Cat Avenger: Julie Davis

The following is one of three collective stories (see “Community Cats” and “Monica’s Story”) on feral felines and the women who love them.  Julie Davis has helped trap colonies fro …

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Community Cats

Stories of caring for the feral felines among us. Editor’s note: In cartoons and children’s literature, it’s usually the stray cats and dogs that seem to have the most fun—the char …

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Spring fishing for food and fun

Fill your freezer with Utah Lake’s white bass. Here’s how! After years of drought, many of Utah’s lakes and their fish have suffered from low water levels. Utah Lake, one of Utah’s …

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First and Last responders

One family’s experience working the pandemic. Watching my 21-year-old getting ready to go off to work at an area hospital emergency department as the pandemic reached Utah, I was s …

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The neighborhood Resiliency Initiative

As gardening interest blooms, neighbors find a way to help each other. With the COIVD-19 pandemic exposing the vulnerabilities of our global supply systems —trade corridors shuttin …

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