Good To Grow

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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.

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KTEP Local
8:12 am
Wed April 15, 2015

ART IN THE GARDEN TOUR IN PICACHO HILLS

  Art in the Garden Tour in Picacho Hills On Sunday, May 17th, visit 6 fabulous gardens in Picacho Hills and view the works of 18 artists. The tour is free and will be open from 11:00 to 4:00. Set your GPS for 1320 Picacho Hills Drive in Las Cruces. Stop in the commercial plaza to pick up a map. Watch for signs to guide you to the gardens and for tall red flags.  The plants will range from container gardening, to roses, fruit trees, and vegetables. Plants are labeled for your convenience and master gardeners will be at each garden to answer questions.

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KTEP Local
8:16 am
Thu April 9, 2015

ANCIENT GARDENING TECHNIQUES

Archaeology Museum showcases ancient gardening techniques which can find new life in your garden

As El Pasoans get back into their gardens this spring, the El Paso Museum of Archaeology will showcase some of the ancestral gardening methods which were used for centuries by residents of the Chihuahuan Desert. Those same techniques can be incorporated by home gardeners today.

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KTEP Local
11:41 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Gardening Questions?

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

You can also e-mail your questions to elpasomg@ag.tamu.edu, or call the Master Gardener Hotline, 566-1276 or 860-2515. 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 (Home Vegetable Gardening).

KTEP Local
11:36 am
Mon April 6, 2015

FLORAFEST AND NATIVE PLANT SALE

The UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens present the 2015 FloraFEST – NATIVE PLANT SALE  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, at the Museum, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP campus.  FloraFEST is the annual fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and is the LARGEST sale of its kind in the region. Shoppers can purchase native plants and visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home.

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KTEP Local
11:32 am
Mon April 6, 2015

APRIL GARDENING TIPS

Seeds of warm season annuals, such as marigold and zinnia, can be sown directly into outdoor beds.  Make sure to keep the seeded area moist until the seeds germinate.  Mulching will help to retain soil moisture and will also discourage weed growth.  Don’t forget to thin out the seedlings once they have three to five sets of leaves—crowding of too many plants causes them to be spindly and weak-stemmed.

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KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat April 4, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Native Plant Sale - Tree Preview

  Denise & Norma talk with John White, garden curator for the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the UTEP campus.  John gives us a sneak preview of the types of trees that will be offered at the annual Native Plant Sale taking place April 24 & 25 at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.   Oaks, desert willows, Mexican buckeyes, and a whole lot more will be offered, with proceeds benefitting the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.  Visit the Centennial Museums and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on Facebook for more information https://www.facebook.com/CentennialMuseumandChihuahuanDesertGardens

  Aired April 4, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat March 28, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Vegetable Container Gardening

Credit El Paso Master Gardeners (Facebook)

 

   Denise & Norma welcome back Jan Petrzelka, President of the Master Gardener Association.  Jan shares essential tips in growing a successful vegetable garden in containers.  What kind of soil should you look for?  What size container?  What signs of distress will a plant display if it needs water?  Plus, Jan & Denise tell us their favorite varieties of tomatoes and peppers.  Need more tips?  Visit http://txmg.org/elpaso/publications/growing-tomatoes-2/

Aired March 28, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat March 21, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Herbs in Containers

Jan Petrzelka, Norma Martinez, Denise Rodriguez

  Denise & Norma talk with Jan Petrzelka, President of the El Paso Master Gardeners Association, about gardening in containers, specifically, herbs and vegetables.  How do you get herbs started in containers?  What type or size container is right for your plant?  

Learn more about container gardening in small spaces at the upcoming workshop "Summer Vegetables in Small Spaces," taking place March 28.  A sale of herbs & vegetables is part of the workshop!  Learn more and register here: http://txmg.org/elpaso/event/summer-vegetables-in-small-spaces-and-annual-plant-sale/.  Deadline to register is March 26.

Aired March 21, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat March 7, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Irrigation, part 2

Credit rainbird.com

  Denise & Norma continue their conversation with Ken Futrell of Ewing Irrigation.  What do you need to know if you're switching out an existing irrigation system?  Ken also talks about the different types of polypipe, emitters, and bubblers that would work best for your landscape.

Aired March 7, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat February 28, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Irrigation, part 1

Drip irrigation
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  Denise & Norma talk with Ken Futrell of Ewing Irrigation about what we need to know if you are thinking of laying down an irrigation system for your lawn or garden.  Part 1 of a 2-part interview.

Aired Feb. 28, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat February 21, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Caring for Cut Flowers

Alstroemeria
Credit Wikipedia

  Did you get flowers on Valentine's Day? Chances are they don't look so good now...but Denise & Norma will talk about ways to make those flowers last longer, and what flowers you can grow in your own garden that will bring color into your home.

Aired Feb 21, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat February 14, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Gardening Q&A

Lantana - new growth from the base
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  Denise & Norma answer some questions that have come in recently to the Master Gardener Hotline.  Is it time to prune back lantana?  How do we control winter weeds?  What fruit trees grow best in El Paso?

Do you have a question for the Master Gardeners?  Call 915-566-1276 or email elpasomg@ag.tamu.edu!

Aired Feb. 14, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat January 31, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: February Gardening Tips

One of El Paso's Master Gardeners hard at work pruning roses at the Municipal Rose Garden
Credit Facebook (El Paso Master Gardeners)

    Denise & Norma talk about what to do in our gardens during the month of February.  It's a great time to plant and prune roses, and to make sure you remove the waxy coating from the roots of bare-root roses you may have purchased.  Plus...it's never to early to plan your summer garden!

Aired Jan. 31, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat January 24, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Rose Pruning

Mark Benitez hard at work at the Rose Garden
Credit El Paso Master Gardeners

  Denise & Norma welcome Master Gardener Mark Benitez, chair of the Rose Committee.  He gives us some helpful information on how and when to prune our roses.  The Master Gardeners will be holding Rose Pruning Demonstrations on Feb 27 & 28 at the Municipal Rose Garden, 1702 N. Copia.  Check in with the El Paso Master Gardener Facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners/148950588460436

Here are some other helpful links:

Roses for the Desert http://txmg.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/elpaso/files/2010/08/Rose-Brochure.pdf

Rose Pruning  (very good publication) http://elp.tamu.edu/files/2010/10/Rose-Pruning-Handout-Feb-2010.pdf

Earth Kind Roses http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkindroses/cultivars/

Aired Jan. 24, 2015.

KTEP Local
7:28 am
Mon January 19, 2015

#epgardens

Credit Norma Martinez

Do you have plant pictures you love posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+?  Make sure you add #epgardens with your post!  

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat January 17, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Home Gardening Class; Seeds!

Tomatoes in a seed catalog

  Denise and Norma talk about the upcoming Home Gardening in El Paso personal enrichment course being offered at EPCC beginning Jan. 24 (see an earlier entry on www.ktep.org/programs/good-grow for details), and about browsing those seed catalogs and getting ready for spring planting!

Aired Jan. 17, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat January 3, 2015

GOOD TO GROW: Tree Pruning

Credit West Texas Urban Forestry Council

  Norma & Denise welcome back Regional Urban Forester Oscar Mestas of the Texas A&M Forest Service.  Winter is the best time for tree pruning, even though pruning can be done at any time of year.  Pruning, however, is not something that should be done indiscriminately - it needs to be done mainly for the health of the tree and the safety of people.   

Aired Jan. 3, 2015.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat December 27, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: Winter Tree Care

  Regional Urban Forester Oscar Mestas of the Texas A&M Forest Service joins Norma & Denise to talk about winter tree care.  How much water do our trees need in the winter?  Do younger trees require more water than mature trees?  Plus, Oscar gives a few tree recommendations for the region.  Learn more about tree selection, planting, and care at http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/.

Aired Dec 27, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat December 20, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: Composting

Credit aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu

  Norma & Denise talk about the myths & facts of composting.  How do you get started on a compost bin?  What kind of items can be composted?  

Some terrific links are provided by Texas A&M http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/files/2010/10/E-278_composting.pdf and the Bernalillo Extension Agency http://bernalilloextension.nmsu.edu/mastercomposter/composting-information.html.  Reduce waste in our landfills by recycling materials into your landscape!

Aired Dec. 20, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat December 13, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: Master Naturalists

  Denise & Norma talk to Master Naturalist Virginia Galarza.  Virginia tells us about the variety of activities in which the local chapter participates, and about their educational outreach efforts.  The Transpecos Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program is accepting applications for their next class.  Classes begin on February, and the deadline to register is Jan. 28.  Learn more at http://elp.tamu.edu/ai1ec_event/texas-master-naturalist-program/?instance_id=154.

Aired Dec. 13, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat December 6, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: Holiday Plants

Poinsettia

  Denise & Norma talk about how to care for your favorite holiday plants.  Poinsettias are tropical plants, so they need to stay moist and have a well-lit area.  Norfolk pines are fragile-looking plants that thrive indoors, but they'll dry up and turn brown if they are neglected.  Amaryllis are flowering bulbs you can enjoy during the holidays and then plant in your garden.  Cyclamens might not be a plant you'd recognize by name, but they also make terrific gifts for the holidays.

Aired Dec. 6, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat November 29, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: Ascarate Vegetable Garden

Master Gardeners at work at the vegetable garden. (Marianela Milner, right)
Credit El Paso Master Gardeners Facebook page

 

   In a rebroadcast from Jan. 18, 2014, Denise & Norma talk with Master Gardener Marianela Milner, co-chair of the Ascarate Vegetable Garden.  Hear about the different crops grown at the garden, the community educational opportunities the garden provides, and how the harvested crops benefit our local food bank.  The public is invited to meet the Master Gardeners working the gardens on Mondays & Thursdays, 7-11 a.m., at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta.  Information at 915-860-2515.

Aired Nov. 29, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat November 22, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: December/Holiday Tips

Credit El Paso Master Gardeners Facebook page

  It's time to be thinking about the holidays, and you can decorate your house for Fall with some items you may find littering your own (or your neighbor's) landscape!  Norma & Denise talk about ways to make your home naturally festive, plus they'll also give you some tips on picking that Christmas tree that will go on sale right after Thanksgiving.  Live tree, cut tree...which should YOU chose?  Plus...we also give thanks to El Paso Master Gardeners, who have worked so hard to educate the community this past year.  Make sure to visit (and Like) them on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners/148950588460436

Aired Nov. 22, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat November 8, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: GRO El Paso

  Denise & Norma are joined by Robin Roberts, President of the Office of State Senator Jose Rodriguez's Sustainable Energy Advisory Committee, and GRO El Paso volunteer.  GRO El Paso (Growth + Resilience + Opportunity) is an organization that is focusing on building a healthier, increasingly-connected, and more prosperous community, and hopes to emphasize the positive ways that El Paso can grow economically and sustainably.  Robin will tell us about GRO El Paso's community event on Sat. Nov 15, 9am-4pm, at Memorial Park, which will feature entertainment, music, educational booths, and demonstrations.  

Information:  915-208-9693, http://www.facebook.com/GROElPaso

Aired Nov. 8, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat November 1, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: November Gardening Tips

Credit Facebook (El Paso Master Gardeners)

  Norma & Denise go over the gardening tips for November, and Denise tells us about the recent accolades received by El Paso Master Gardeners at the recent State Texas Master Gardener Conference! (see attached photos)

Aired Nov. 1, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat October 25, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: Sun Country Landscape Conference

  Denise & Norma talk with John White, Garden Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, about the upcoming Sun Country Landscape Conference.  The conference is geared towards the landscape industry professional, but it will feature plenty of information that the general public will find useful.  The conference will cover water, fruit trees, tree pruning, rainwater harvesting, and much more.  The conference is Nov. 5 at the TecH2O Water Resources Learning Center, 10751 Montana, and registration forms are available online at http://www.wtufc.org, or call John White 915-747-8994; Oscar Mesatas 915-834-5610; or Denise Rodriguez 915-860-2515.

Aired Oct. 25, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat October 18, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: SunScape

 

   Norma & Denise welcome John White, Garden Curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP.  John tells us about the upcoming SunScape workshop, which helps homeowners learn how to garden sensibly in the Chihuahuan Desert with informational talks on landscaping, tree & plant selection, and irrigation.  

The SunScape class is Sat. Oct. 25 from 8am-4:30pm at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, and registration is recommended by Oct. 23.  Information:  call John White 915-747-8994.

Aired Oct. 18, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat October 4, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: October Gardening Tips

Golden Ball Lead Tree

  Denise & Norma talk about gardening in small spaces.  If you're looking for small trees or shrubs, think about a Texas Mountain Laurel, a Golden Ball Lead Tree, and even a Pomegranate Tree!  We'll also hear some helpful gardening tips for October, including when to seed wildflowers, plant cool-season flowers, and refrigerate your tulips.  More information on tree selection can be found via the West Texas Urban Forestry Council: http://www.wtufc.org/site/treeSelection/index.php.  Plant the right tree for your space!

Aired Oct. 4, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat September 27, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: Vegetable Workshop

  Denise &  Norma talk about some of the upcoming Master Gardener activities, including a great Fall Vegetable Workshop on Oct. 4 at the Ascarate Park Pavilion.  Get great information from Master Gardeners on how to get the best crop of carrots, garlic, potatoes, and more!  The deadline to register is Sept. 29, and you can call 915-860-2515 to register or visit http://txmg.org/elpaso/event/fall-vegetable-garden-workshop/.  Denise & Norma also talk about the recent rains, and about next month's Home & Garden Show.

Aired Sept. 27, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat September 20, 2014

GOOD TO GROW: Composting

Credit El Paso Master Gardeners

  Denise & Norma talk about how to start a successful compost pile.  What kind of container do you need?  What materials should you toss in your compost bin?  How often should you turn it?  What should it smell like?  

Aired Sept 27, 2014.

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