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Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey

Series produced by KXCI

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Petey Mesquitey is KXCI’s resident storyteller.

Every week since the spring of 1992 Petey has delighted KXCI listeners with slide shows and poems, stories and songs about flora, fauna, family and the glory of living in southern Arizona.


36 Pieces

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Velvet mesquite is the predominate native mesquite of southern Arizona. If you go west toward California, you will start running into western honey...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 05:18
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Sometimes the setting of the moon is as spectacular as the rising. As it slides down toward the mountains in the horizon it appears larger and larg...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:19
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I was incorrect about the species of Acalypha in this show. The correct name is A. phleoides (the former A. lindheimeri), not neomexicana as I stat...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:16
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There is a large batch of horehound (Marrubium vulgare) under a mesquite in our yard. Well, along a fence line that defines “our yard”. It hasn’t s...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:26
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I don’t think there is anything more heartbreaking than seeing a road killed pet. Well, honestly, I have a hard enough time with road killed wildli...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:28
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We have had 4-wheel drive vehicles for many years and we’ve always found it to be a great tool that can take the worry out of some roads. I just ha...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2017
  • Length: 05:16
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I’m not sure I can add a whole lot more about jojoba (Simmondsia chinesis) other than what you hear in this show, except that it is now in its own ...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 05:20
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It’s true that life in southeastern Arizona is full of “behold!” moments. It is so exciting to live in such a diverse land, both in plants and anim...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 05:07
  • Purchases: 1
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It is nice to have a yard full of native plants. Most of the time I have an idea what and where I want to plant things, but I confess to sometimes ...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 04:48
  • Purchases: 1
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Well, the getting out of the growing business thing is not going well at all and I’ve had to come to grips with the fact that that I still need to ...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2017
  • Length: 05:15
  • Purchases: 1
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The scientific name for jaguar is Panthera onca and these large wild felines range from Sonora, Mexico down to portions of central and South Americ...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2017
  • Length: 02:23
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Hmm, I sure talk about a lot of things in this show, but fall does this to me and it is the season of seasons that it has just begun. So the monsoo...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 04:55
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I like the title Wild Lettuce for this show. It seems incongruous, as in wild and lettuce don’t seem to go together.

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 05:11
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It’s the way that folks at the Bisbee farmers Market say, “Oh, you grow the bellota.” that makes me think of that common name as an honorific name ...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 05:02
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This is all probably more than you wanted to know, but what the yucca moths tell us is that there are, no doubt, hundreds of thousands of pollinato...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 05:06
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I think I revealed most of my chicken history in this show.

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:45
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Desert Rosemallow is the official common name I think, though I see it called Coulter’s Hibiscus as well.

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 05:34
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Well, now you know about my personal gardening history. It’s not done. I mean there is history in the making in the garden just outside the front d...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:53
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The green dodo (Dodoneaea viscosa var. angustifolia) was a very common landscape plant around Tucson back when I first started working in a wholesa...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 05:18
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Though Sonoran Desert millipedes are nocturnal, this is the time of year when you see them out and about on muggy overcast days.

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:56