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Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist
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Jeff Schalau is the Backyard Gardener and Courier columnist.

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North central Arizona is a great place to grow deciduous fruit trees including apples, pears, quince, cherries, peaches, plums and apricots.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist January 21, 2021
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Pocket gophers (Thomomys spp.) are beneficial to wildland ecosystems because they loosen soils increasing water infiltration, transporting beneficial soil microbes and are prey for other wildlife.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist January 14, 2021
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The time is drawing near to start warm-season vegetable and flower seeds for transplanting.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist January 7, 2021
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Have you ever seen dead or damaged areas on the trunk of a thin-barked tree?

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist December 31, 2020
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Healthy, native soils should contain a multitude of living organisms.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist December 24, 2020
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Since last March, society has undergone great changes while also mourning the losses of many friends and relatives due to COVID-19.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist December 17, 2020
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Many gardeners live in rural areas with space (and zoning) that can support small poultry flocks.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist December 10, 2020
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With the pandemic-induced increase in home gardening, people should consider growing more cool-season crops. Kale (Brassica oleracea) is a cool-season biennial in the mustard family.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist December 3, 2020
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A simple greenhouse can be used to grow greens in the winter, start warm season seedlings, propagate landscape plants, or provide shelter to frost tender plants during winter.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist November 26, 2020
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Pomegranates (Punica granatum) are native to southeastern Europe and Asia and have been cultivated in ancient Egypt, Babylonia, India and Iran.

By Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist November 19, 2020

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