The Master gardeners

Fall garden preparation

Lots of books and blogs will tell you how to wind down your garden in the fall. There are discussions about mulching, stopping fertilizing and reducing watering as temperatures drop to promote dormancy. But there are a few other things you may want to consider.

The sounds of a home can be such a wonderful part of the human experience. The jovial chatter during a holiday party, the laughter of kids running around, the music pi…

Back in 2012, when helping form the Santa Fe chapter of the Green Chamber of Commerce, the emerging board of directors spent many hours debating whether to be an organ…

Reader Edwardo Quintana recently suggested I call Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and urge her to welcome Afghan refugees to Santa Fe and house them in dormitories and apa…

Swinging pendulums are overused metaphors for social and political movements, probably because they are so apt. I’ve been thinking about those swings while plowing thr…

The relationship between builder and architect is symbiotic but often fraught with tension. On the other hand, they sometimes have mutual disdain for real estate brokers.

Who doesn’t love a parade? I know I do, especially when it is one I’m not stressing about, as I did for many years around Haciendas — A Parade of Homes, annually stage…

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Vines crept up the house. It looked as if it were about to cave in. The Colonial in Roscoe, N.Y., a hamlet of the Catskills, was decrepit — which made it all the more …

In my experience, gardeners often overestimate rainfall. A cloudburst might seem to have thoroughly saturated the ground, but scratch down an inch and you might find b…

Legislative lobbyists get a bad rap in New Mexico, especially since the unpaid, part-time legislators are so reliant on those paid “experts.” Most lobbyists represent …

One hallmark of a good builder is a willingness to confess their screw-ups. If they are really good, they’re rare, which makes them all the more unforgettable. My most…

The fast-paced housing market of the past year may be slowing slightly in the face of price spikes and a dearth of homes for sale across the country.

Will builders and developers in the American West ever demand strict water harvesting, reuse and conservation building codes to guarantee industry survival?

Did you recently receive a letter from your county’s assessment office? You know the one. It lists your home’s estimated market value so you can (gulp) prepare yoursel…

It’s been more than a year since we sequestered ourselves to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, with vaccinations underway and warmer weather arriving, yo…

In John Nichols’ insightful 1974 novel, The Milagro Beanfield War, Herbie Goldfarb is a VISTA volunteer who literally steps off a bus from back East into Northern New Mexico.

Once again, a proposed housing project is controversial for all the same reasons: traffic, height, density, affordability and water. Always the water. Where’s it coming from?

Kudos to Santa Fe County commissioners for their recent unanimous decision to align county energy efficiency building codes with the city’s. Builders have needed that …

This year’s virtual St. Patrick’s Day should be a fitting end to a tired old “holiday.”

Putting a shovel in the ground in Santa Fe can be an adventure in history, especially if the guys who do it count their generations of local earth-touching in the hundreds.

The Santa Fe City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the 2022 fiscal year budget that begins July 1. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes i…

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