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Jeff Schalau, Courier Columnist
Courier Columnist

Jeff Schalau is the Backyard Gardener and Courier columnist.

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Garlic is a hardy perennial and has been used as a culinary and medicinal herb since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs.

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Flies come in many shapes and sizes. This diversity encompasses many species and each has slightly different habitat preferences and breeding cycle.

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No-see-ums are small biting flies that appear during the summer months. These tiny biting insects are barely visible to the naked eye, but their bites can be very painful and annoying.

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I don’t think of myself as an extremely touchy/feely person, but as I’ve navigated my new work environment with the onset of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, working from home, reduced travel, etc.,

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Of all the native shrubs in north central Arizona, manzanita is the most popular.

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Most home vegetable gardeners grow tomatoes. Sometimes, tomatoes are virtually the only thing small scale gardeners grow.

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String trimmers (also called weed eaters) are useful tools for landscape maintenance professionals and homeowners with large properties.

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Rock squirrels (Spermophilus variegatus) are found in many areas of Arizona. Many people also call them ground squirrels.

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Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) is a large, sprawling, native perennial that grows across Arizona between 1,000 and 7,000 feet elevation. It is a member of the family Solanaceae making it a relative of the tomato, potato, pepper, and eggplant.

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Solitary bees are common in Arizona but rarely noticed. However, 4,400 species of solitary bees have been described in North America.

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