Considering Nopales for Arid Land Specialty Crops

Nopales, or Prickly Pear cactus, include numerous species of the genus┬áOpuntia which thrive in poor soils and arid lands. These cacti can be grown and harvested for their tunas, or fruit, and for their pads.┬á They thrive in deeper, well drained soils, and can tolerate pH levels as high as 7.8.┬á ┬áCalifornia researchers have investigated … Read more

What Exactly is a Biological Soil Crust?

Soil Crusts are Tiny Communities┬áthat Can Help You Build Healthy┬áSoil Did you ever walk out in the desert following a rainstorm? ┬áIf so, you may have noticed a thin black or green layer ┬áon the surface of the soil. ┬á Of course. you may have noticed┬áa sprinkling of dry, black powder on the soil surface … Read more

Remembering the Past With Yerba de Alonso Garcia

┬áDid Native Americans Name Good Plants after Good People? My friend┬áAndrea once told me that early Americans, like the Navajo and the Apache, named plants with beneficial properties after people they liked. It was sort of a way to compliment the good people in their lives.┬á She added that snakes, flies, and mosquitoes might be … Read more