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July 2020 Almanac: A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond.

July 1  Average temperatures today: high 90º, low 64º. Sunrise: 6:10am. Sunset: 8:56pm. July 2  Garlic at a glance: Hardneck and softneck (Allium sativum) and elephant (Allium ampe …

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A novel approach to extending the gardening season: August 1st is the time to plant your fall garden!

I’m a huge fan of risky behavior in the garden. The edge is where the action is. Our seasonal weather in Utah is a wild ride to be sure, and you never quite know what the next week …

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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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Physical* Distancing Activities, Staff Picks: Tips and suggestions for abiding the tide of isolation (Part 4).

We live in a culture that constantly bombards us with inducements to buy and accumulate products and widgets of all sorts, but could the current pause to our normal bustle of busin …

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Podcast “Foreign Somewhere” Episode 1: Shanghai during the covid-19 pandemic with Jayden Ke

Foreign Somewhere is a podcast connecting with people from around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. While we’re sitting at home in isolation all this time, feeling …

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And We, Online, Rejoice with You

“I don’t feel so good,” hits differently when heard aloud during a global pandemic. When my boyfriend approached me with his hand on his forehead during day 13 of our 14-day window …

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