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.

  How are your TOMATOES handling the heat? If you are over- or underwatering them, they may crack. Or the leaves may brown if they suffer a bacterial or fungal outbreak. We'll help you solve some tomato issues on this program.  Click on this link for more information on troubleshooting your tomato troubles!  http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/problem-solvers/tomato-problem-solver/

Aired June 25, 2016

  With El Paso sweltering in triple-digit heat, we need to protect our turf, trees, and container plants from heat stress. On his program, we'll talk about the importance of watering deeply to help our plants make it through June!

Aired June 18, 2016

  Who you gonna call when your tomatoes are dying...or when your grass dries up...or if you just need to know if your begonias will thrive in the desert heat? The MASTER GARDENERS! 
El Paso Master Gardeners are recruiting a new class of volunteers this fall, and if you think you'd like to be a part of this award-winning organization, visit http://txmg.org/elpaso/ for an application.   

Plus, on this program, we'll hear about the recent awards the El Paso Master Gardeners received at the recent State Master Gardener Awards.  Our co-host on today's show, Jan Petrzelka, won a very special award!

Aired June 11, 2016

  Spiders, bees, and wasps...oh my!  Don't reach for that bug spray just yet because some of these critters might be beneficial to the plants in your landscape.  On this program, we'll offer some tips on how to help identify these critters, and how to preserve a specimen for professional identification.  Some helpful links are also available for bug ID:  https://www.facebook.com/ElPasoBugs?fref=nf and http://citybugs.tamu.edu/.

Aired June 4, 2016

  There is still time to plant heat-tolerant summer annuals.  Just be sure to water transplants as needed until roots become established.

Remove faded flowers from plants before they set seed—this will encourage them to continue flowering.

Frequent mowing (every four to five days) is best for your grass and helps to reduce weeds by preventing seed heads from forming. 

A light application of fertilizer every four to six weeks will help keep annual flowers healthy and blooming.

  CONTAINER GARDENING adds a great splash of color to small spaces, and makes gardening accessible to just about everyone! On the next GOOD TO GROW, we'll continue our conversation on container gardening, with a focus on fertilizing, watering, and troubleshooting those pesky bugs.

http://m.extension.illinois.edu/containergardening/default.cfm 

Aired May 28, 2016

MASTER GARDENER TALKS - Saturdays at 9am on the Deck at Ardovino's Desert Crossing

July 9: Susan Feeny "Container Gardening - Getting Potted"

July 23: Doc Stalker "Rain Water Harvesting - Even in El Paso!"

Aug 13: Mary Ann McCravey "Good Bugs, Bad Bugs"

Aug 27: Lou Ellen Clement "Vermiculture - Wiggly Squigglies in the Garden"

Sept 10: Jim Hastings "Fried Green Tomatoes"

  •   The El Paso County Master Gardener program is a very successful volunteer training program that has been used in all fifty states and even some foreign countries. 

 

  Container gardening allows us to grow ornamental plants or vegetables in a small space, such as our front or back patios. On the this program, we'll get a primer on container gardening, with tips on how to pick the right container and the right soil.  Part 1 of a 2-part show.

Great container gardening tips are available at http://m.extension.illinois.edu/containergardening/default.cfm

Aired May 21, 2016

  El Paso County Master Gardeners are hosting weekly gardening talks at El Paso Public Library branches, monthly Gardening 101 Workshops at the Multipurpose Center, weekly appearances at the Ardovino's Farmers Market beginning Memorial Day Weekend, and much, much more.  On this program, we'll learn how your Spring gardening can be enriched by the knowledge of these community volunteers.

http://txmg.org/elpaso/

Aired May 14, 2016

  Do you have gardening questions?  Submit your questions and photos here: http://txmg.org/elpaso/outreach2/helpdesk/  

You can also e-mail your questions to elpasomg@ag.tamu.edu, or call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 915-771-2354, and they can connect you to a Master Gardener. Or, submit your questions, comments, and/or photos to the El Paso Master Gardener Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners/148950588460436.

Find the El Paso Master Gardeners on Instagram!  http://instagram.com/epmastergardener.

Here are some other helpful links:
http://elp.tamu.edu (Texas AgriLife Extension Service) to access the Extension Calendar and other Master Gardener activities.

http://txmg.org/elpaso/events/ (El Paso Master Gardeners) to access a local calendar, colorful photos, and helpful information. 

http://elp.tamu.edu/horticulture/ for other gardening resources.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/elpasoplants/index.html (Recommended Ornamental Plants for Far West Texas)

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/lawn_garden/veg.html

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/TexasHomeVegetableGardeningGuide.pdf

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/easy-gardening-series/

(Home Vegetable Gardening).

  Uh, oh!  It's almost Mother's Day and you don't have a gift!  On this program, we'll give you some last minute suggestions.  Bouquets of cut flowers are always a good choice, and we'll have tips on how to pick the right flower and keep it looking beautiful for several days.  If you're looking at potted plants for Mom, we've got you covered, too.  And don't forget about gift cards, gardening tools, or gardening books!

Aired May 7, 2016

  Our Spring winds not only cause havoc with our allergies, but with our plants and trees.  What's the best way to protect your trees or shrubs from the winds, and what can you do to salvage an already wind-damaged tree?On this program, we'll get windy-weather gardening tips ... and other gardening suggestions for the month of May! Aired April 30, 2016

  Shoppers at the FloraFest Native Plant Sale on the UTEP campus are taking home fantastic native & adapted shrubs, trees, and perennials.  But what do we do once we get them home?  Where do we plant them?  On this program, we'll determine the perfect spot for that shade tree, or where you can plant that shade-loving columbine or sun-loving sage.

Aired April 23, 2016

  It's almost time for FLORA FEST at UTEP! John White, the Garden Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP will join us to tell us about the FloraFEST speaker, Marcy Scott, author of "Hummingbird Plants s of the Southwest." She will talk on April 22 at 6pm at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center about how to "Plant a Hummingbird Haven." John will also talk about the wide variety of native and adapted plants that will be available for sale on April 23 & 24, 9am-4pm each day at the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. 

  Library Gardening Talks

Some talks are on different months. See individual schedules below.

June                Herbs                             Do Me a Flavor – Growing Herbs

July                  Tomato Problems        What’s the Matter With My ‘Maters?

August            Fall Gardening              Fall and Winter Gardening Starts Now!

September     Compost                        Cashing In on Black Gold – Home Composting

Norma Martinez

  Does your landscape reflect the beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert? If you think your front yard, back yard, outdoor living space, or patio is a great example of landscaping with native and adapted plants, your landscape may be featured on an El Paso Water Utilities feature called DESERT BLOOMS. Anai Padilla of EPWU joins us to talk about how your wise garden designing can be an example for the rest of El Paso!

Contact Anai Padilla at ajpadilla@epwu.org, or call  the Water Conservation TecH2O Center at (915) 621-2000.  If you are submitting a site, please add your name, phone number and address.  The deadline for submissions is April 22.

Aired April 9, 2016

  Master Gardeners and the El Paso Rose Society have been hard at work in recent months to get the 1200 roses at the Municipal Rose Garden ready for display.  They will be hosting a public tour of the garden on April 9, 10am-2pm, and Patrick O'Brian and Estela Loy will join us to tell us more.  Patrick & Estela are co-chairs of the Master Gardener Rose Committee.

The Municipal Rose Garden is located at 3418 Aurora, across from Memorial Park.

http://txmg.org/elpaso/event/public-tour-of-municipal-rose-garden-3/

Aired April 2, 2016

  Vermicomposting involves worms breaking down your kitchen scraps to make rich compost for your potted plants and small gardens. And you don't need a large space to accommodate these little guys!  On this program, we'll find out what kinds of worms you'll need, where you can keep them, and what you can feed them from your leftovers.

This terrific document explains even more: https://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/Sustainability_2012-08pr.pdf

Aired March 26, 2016

El Paso Master Gardener Facebook

  It's tomato time! If you've been itching to get tomatoes planted in your vegetable garden, wait no longer. On this program, we'll share some helpful tips for planting vegetables and herbs this spring.  We'll also find out how to protect our vegetables from El Paso's winds, and Denise Rodriguez also shares a neat trick on how to shorten a tall, leggy tomato plant...without the use of pruners!

Aired March 19, 2016

Norma Martinez

  John White, Garden Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, returns to give us a preview of some of the amazing native and adapted plants & trees that will be available at next month's Native Plant Sale (April 23-24).  Hear about the Angelita Daisies, Blackfoot Daisies, Zinnias, Penstemons, Oaks, etc, that you can use to beautify your landscape!

Denise will also give us some details on the March 19 Summer Vegetable Workshop & Sale taking place at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.  Information & registration available online at http://txmg.org/elpaso/event/2016-summer-vegetable-workshop-plant-sale/ or by calling 915-771-2354.

Aired March 12, 2016

  John White, Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, joins us to tell us about the upcoming SunSCAPE workshop, which plans to educate participants in irrigation, landscape design, plants, trees, and ways to garden in harmony with the desert.  The class is March 12, 8am-4:30pm, at the UTEP Centennial Museum, and information is available by calling Kaye Mullins at 915-747-8994.  The deadline to apply is Thu March 10.  

Aired March 5, 2016

  Water restrictions lead us to water on certain days of the week...but how much do you water?  On this program, we'll get tips on how to correctly water your trees, and how to choose the right equipment to efficiently water your grass and shrubs.  

For more information, visit these valuable online resources:  http://wateruseitwisely.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Landscape-Watering-Guide.pdf  and http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/water/az1298/

Aired Feb 27, 2016

  Weeds are a pesky problem.  There are so many different kinds of weeds sprouting in our landscape, it can be overwhelming.  However, all we really need to know is whether a weed is broadleaf or grassy.  Once we figure that out, we can determine the best solution for eliminating them from our yards.   

Here are some helpful links on weed types, control, and prevention.  https://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/02/applying-pre-emergent-herbicides-to-lawns/http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/pdf/hgic2310.pdf  (If you have question about how this information translates to us here in the southwest, call the Texas AgriLife Extension at 915-771-2354!)

Aired  Feb 20, 2016

Photo by: Helen Battersby, gardendesign.com

  The design of one's landscape is just as important as what's planted in it. On this program, we'll talk about garden design trends, like monochromatic color schemes, using veggies as landscape accents, outdoor living spaces, and lighting options.

Aired Feb. 13, 2016

  It's February and it's time to start warming up our green thumbs.  In February, we should start planting our roses, planting cool-season annuals for a pop of color...start ordering seeds from seed catalogs...do some last minute pruning...and give a haircut to those tall ornamental grasses.

The Master Gardeners post their monthly garden tips online at http://txmg.org/elpaso/month-by-month-gardening-tips/february/

Aired Feb. 6, 2016

El Paso Master Gardener Facebook

  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us to tell us about pruning your rose bushes.  Why do we prune roses, and which canes should we prune?  It's time to get out those pruners and get to work!  

Click here for a helpful document on rose pruning: http://elp.tamu.edu/files/2010/10/Rose-Pruning-Handout-Feb-2010.pdf.

Aired Jan. 30, 2016

Norma Martinez

  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins hosts Norma Martinez & Denise Rodriguez for a talk about roses.  Grandiflora...Floribunda...Hybrid Teas...we'll give you a crash course on these types of roses.  Plus, Jan will help dispel the myth that roses require a lot of maintenance.  Our climate is ideal for growing roses.

Learn more about Earthkind at http://www.earthkind.com/; a helpful document on roses is available at http://txmg.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/elpaso/files/2010/08/Roses-For-The-Desert.pdf;  and download this rose pruning document http://elp.tamu.edu/files/2010/10/Rose-Pruning-Handout-Feb-2010.pdf.

And Like the El Paso Master Gardeners on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners-148950588460436/

And, don't forget about the Rose Pruning Demonstration open to the public on Jan. 30, 10am-2pm, at the Municipal Rose Garden near Memorial Park.  Bring your bypass pruners, sturdy clothes, and thick gardening gloves for hands-on practice!

Aired Jan. 23, 2016

  Virginia Galarza is the Education Coordinator for the Trans Pecos Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.  This group of dedicated volunteers are involved in a number of community projects and eventsto help spread knowledge of our Chihuahuan Desert with the public.  Galarza tells us about the upcoming class for Master Naturalist volunteers taking place Wednesdays from 6-9pm, Feb 10-May 18, at the El Paso Garden Center near Memorial Park.  The deadline to register for classes is Monday, February 10.

Information: Matthew Santillan 915-771-2354 for registration information, or go online to http://elp.tamu.edu/event/texas-master-naturalist-program-2/?instance_id=395&ct=t(2016_Jan_Newsletter1_6_2016)

Aired Jan. 16, 2016

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