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Good To Grow

Saturdays at 11:15am

Gardening in the El Paso Southwest has always been a challenge. Enthusiasts have to contend with a variety of problems: scarce annual rainfall, less than ideal soil composition, and extreme temperatures among others. But southwestern gardening aficionados always seem to find a way to keep our desert blooming, beautiful and fruitful.

Each Saturday, Good to Grow will answer the many questions gardeners may have about plants, growing conditions, and proper care for El Paso’s varied gardens.

Good to Grow won 1st place in the annual Texas Master Gardener Conference in 2010.

The monsoon rains may have refreshed your garden but they also invited some unwelcome guests: weeds. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardner Jan Petrzelka talk all about weed control. Plus they discuss garden maintenance for the last days of summer and monsoon season. 

Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White discuss the dog days of summer and how to prepare your garden for monsoon season. Plus they give you tips on how to take care of your garden's watering needs when you leave out of town for the last summer vacation. 

It's all about the flowers! Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White along with special guest Sabine Green discuss all you need to know about the West Texas New Mexico Florist Association conference. Sabine Green is the New Mexico State Floral Coordinator and the co-chair of the West Texas New Mexico Florist Association. 

Can't contain your joy for gardening? Well luckily for you this episode is all about container gardening. Hosts Denise Rodriguez, John White and Jan Petrzelka provide a crash course on container gardening on this episode of Good to Grow. 

With Fourth of July right around the corner it's tome to celebrate and what better way to show your patriotic pride than through your garden. Host Denise Rodriguez is joined by John White and Jan Petrzelka to discuss how to prep your garden for the celebration. 

From June Bugs to finding the best tomato fertilizer, host Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka open up the Master Gardeners question vault and answer your frequently asked questions. 

The good, the bad and the crawly. Not all insects are the same, while some may cause harm to your plants others may actually benefit your garden. 

Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White discuss irrigation tips and tricks to help your lawn stay healthy and green. Plus! The Master Gardeners are now accepting applications, Denise and John talk about how you can apply to volunteer with The Master Gardeners.

This week is all about the roses! Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White talk all about summer rose care to start off your Memorial Day Weekend. 

Do you you have a gardening question? Why not ask the El Paso Master Gardeners. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White answer some of your gardening questions left at the Master Gardeners' helpdesk. 

If you attended FloraFest 2017 you may have purchased a native plant or two. Now that you have your native plant how do you care for it? Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White discuss care for native plants along with tips and tricks. 

Hosts Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka talk all about container gardening. From selecting your container and choosing your plants, Denise and Jan discuss the tips and tricks to make your container gardening a successful venture. 

Spring is in the air and Earth Day is just around the corner. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka discuss how you can celebrate Earth Day all year long in your garden with earth kind principles. Plus, the Master Gardeners will be hosting many events in honor of Earth Day. 

Who doesn't like the sight of a butterfly or a hummingbird visiting a garden. While the visit of these creatures may be a nice surprirse did you know they can also be beneficial to your garden? 

It's all about the grass! With spring officially in the air you may have notice your lawn is starting to get a little color back in its roots. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White talk all about grass this week, specifically Bermuda grass, providing tips and tricks to help you get the greenest, healthiest lawn this season. 

Aired April 1, 2017

Have you ever wanted to start a school garden? Well you're in luck! Host Denise Rodriguez and garden curator John White talk all about school gardens. Providing tips, pointers and advice, Denise and John give you all the information and encouragement you need to start your own school garden.   

Aired March 25, 2017

Cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, grapevine, heirloom....with so many types and varieties of tomatoes how do you choose the right tomato for you and your garden? Luckily hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White talk all about tomatoes to help you select the right tomato for you including where to purchase some. 

Aired March 18, 2017

With spring and tree blossoms starting to bloom you may considering planting a tree yourself. But what tree is the right tree for you? Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White are joined by Oscar Mestas to talk about tree selection. Mestas is a certified arborist and municipal specialist and the former regional forester for Texas A&M Forest service.  

Aired March 5, 2017

With spring around the corner it's easy to start feeling anxious to go out and start gardening and try new gardening tips, tricks and techniques. Luckily the El Paso Master Gardeners have have many events planned to spring up your interest in the coming weeks. You can meet the Master Gardeners at the Home and Garden Show (March 10-12) or you can attend a Sunscape class (915-747-8994 to register for the March 11th program). Plus Denise Rodriguez and John White tackle weeds, giving tips on how to handle the weeds that may have sprung up in your garden.  

http://txmg.org/elpaso/events/

Aired Feb. 25, 2017

The temperatures might be warming up but that doesn't meant that your garden is safe from freezing temperatures. Host Denise Rodriguez is joined by Garden Curator of the UTEP Centennial Museum and Gardens.  John White to discuss cold weather tips for your garden. 

Aired Feb. 18, 2017

http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/pes/sabine-green.html

Host Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardner Jan Petrzelka have a conversation with Sabine Green. Green  is the New Mexico State University Floriculture program coordinator and a national accredited certified floral designer. 

Aired Feb. 11, 2016

Just because it's February doesn't mean it is a time to ignore your garden. Join host Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardner Jan Petrzelka as they discuss February gardening tips to help you prepare your garden for spring. 

Aired Feb. 4, 2017

Every rose has its thorn unless you have a good pair of gardening gloves. Join host Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka and guest Doc Stalker as they discuss rose gardening tips such as how to prune roses properly and where to find beautiful blooms in the desert. 

Aired Jan. 28, 2017

Just because it's the middle of January does not mean it is too early to start planning your spring garden. Join hosts Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka as they discuss gardening ideas for spring. 

Aired January 21, 2017

Good to Grow's very own Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka discuss gardening trends for 2017. 

Dr. Youping Sun, Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at El Paso, shares details on the recent work at the Ascarate Vegetable Garden. Collaboration efforts between research and extension have been underway in order to bring more Asian vegetables to El Paso.

As colder temperatures make their way into the region along with the new year, listen for these tips on how to protect your garden from those harsh winter freezes.

Whether it's cleaning or sharpening your tools, the Good to Grow team provides tips to help you get a jump start on your spring gardening efforts. 

Whether you're in the market for poinsettias, Christmas cactus, or any other holiday gift, listen in for this recap on shopping tips. 

The holidays are here! Struggling with gift ideas for that special gardener in your life? Listen in for some great gift ideas from Good to Grow's very own Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka.

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