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.

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

  February is a perfect month to select and plant roses.  Containerized plants are better for West Texas, but some bare-root plants may also be used—just make sure that they are heat-tolerant and drought resistant cultivars.  Always remember to check containerized plants for circling roots and bare-root plants for unhealthy roots—don’t buy plants that have either of these symptoms. 

There is still time to plant some cool-season annual flowers such as pansies, snapdragons, larkspurs, and alyssum. 

  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/

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  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

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  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

    With rain, wind, snow, and whatever else El Niño throws our way...going out into our garden isn't on top of our priority list! But January is a terrific time to PLAN for the growing season. Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us on GOOD TO GROW to tell us how we can prepare for Spring with a rose pruning demonstration at the Municipal Rose Garden and through Master Gardner-led gardening classes at EPCC!Rose Pruning Demonstrations take place Jan. 30 beginning at 10am at the Municipal Rose Garden across from Memorial Park, and the EPCC Home Gardening in El Paso classes begin Jan. 23. Find registration in formation at http://www.epcc.edu/ContinuingEd/Documents/CE_Registration_Form_(English).pdf or call 915-831-7737. Aired Jan. 9, 2016
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  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us on this program to talk about the upcoming EPCC Home Gardening in El Paso program which takes place Saturdays at 10:30am, Jan. 23-Feb 27, at the EPCC Val Verde campus.  Info:  http://www.epcc.edu/ContinuingEd/Documents/CE_Registration_Form_(English).pdf, or call 915-831-7737.

Plus, learn how we can become citizen volunteers and assist the Master Gardeners as they begin their winter pruning at the Municipal Rose Garden.

Aired Jan. 2, 2016

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  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins hosts Denise Rodriguez and Norma Martinez to offer hints on what a gardener can buy with holiday gift cards - get new gardening tools and clearance plants!  Plus, they also remind us to occasionally water our trees, shrubs, and turf to ensure hearty spring re-growth...and they also present some helpful suggestions on what to do with the newspaper, bubble wrap, and foam popcorn packaging filler that came in our Christmas gift packages.

Aired Dec. 26, 2015

 

  

   Brent Pearson is an ISA certified Arborist, and he joins us to tell us about the Living Christmas Tree program he is offering to El Pasoans.  Brent will personally check your spacing needs and deliver the perfect Mondale pine to your home.  Delivery and pickup are included with the $120 fee.  The trees are 6-8 feet tall, and if you wish to have Brent plant it in your landscape, he can do so for an additional $50 fee.  If you wish to return it, Brent will take it back so it can be reused and enjoyed by others.  

Information: Brent Pearson 915-588-1562, email pearsontrees@gmail.com.

Aired Dec 19, 2015

  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us to talk about caring for cut Christmas trees and live Christmas trees.  Cut trees have no root system and should be recycled to mulch after the holiday season.  Live trees can be replanted into your landscape.

Plus, find out more about cutting your own Christmas tree in the nearby Lincoln National Forest here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lincoln/home/?cid=stelprdb5336243.  Permits are $5 and are available through Dec. 24.

Aired Dec. 12, 2015

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  Tis the season for holiday plants.  Whether you are buying them as a gift or buying them for yourself, it's good to know how to take care of these unique plants which are actually more inclined to thrive in warm, tropical climates!  Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka joins us and walks us through how to care for and maintain poinsettias, Norfolk pines, living wreaths, and Christmas cacti.

Aired Dec 5, 2015.

  While you're doing your holiday shopping, don't forget the gardening enthusiast (or gardening beginner) in your life!  County Extension Agent Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka share their recommendations:  Sunset gardening books, books about gardening with succulents, gardening tools, and much, much more!

Aired Nov. 28, 2015

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  Looking for that perfect host/hostess gift for the holidays, or trying to liven up your own tablescape?  Denise & Norma talk about do-it-yourself terrariums in mason jars.

Plus...will it be a good poppy year?  

Denise also sings the praises of delphiniums.

And if you're looking for a nice citrus tree for your patio, Denise recommends one that's a Texas Superstar.

Aired Nov. 21, 2015

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  With autumn in the air, leaves are beginning to turn yellow, orange, and red...and are drifting off our trees into our (and our neighbors') yards.  Don't reach for that blower or rake - leave those leaves alone!  That yard litter is providing essential nutrients and protection for our landscape.   Plus...the more we know about the microclimates in our landscape, the better off we'll be preparing for the winter cold.

Read a related article here: http://www.gardeningwithtomleroy.com/leaving-leaves-in-your-landscape/

Aired Nov. 14, 2015.

  Is it a good time to plant garlic?  Which side goes up?

What about daffodils?  Do they need to go in the ground now for their spring bloom?

And that 1970's throwback, the terrarium, is making a comeback!  Find out what you need to know to care for plants in a terrarium.

Aired Nov. 7, 2015.

  Fall is here...and our mantra on this program is "Fall is for Planting."  Make sure you plant trees & shrubs in November to ensure good root establishment by the Spring.  Plus...plant mums for fall color, and find out how to protect your outdoor plants from the cold nights that are sure to come.  And, cut back on watering your lawn now that Bermuda grass is going dormant.

Aired Oct. 31, 2015.

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  Our first official freeze date is coming up in a few weeks, and Denise Rodriguez and Norma Martinez will offer some advice on how we can prepare.  And with cooler weather upon us, it's time to ditch those summer veggies and start preparing seeds for your fall crop - spinach, kale, carrots, and so much more.  Plus, pumpkins are EVERYWHERE, and if you have one on your patio or are carving one into a jack-o-lantern, how can you keep it looking fresh?

Aired Oct. 24, 2015

  Trees are one of our most important investments.  They provide shade, cool our surroundings, and can last generations if properly cared for.  If you're looking into adding a tree to your landscape, Denise & Norma will be checking off a list of what you need to know:  What's the purpose of the tree?  How are you going to get it home?  How big should you dig that hole?  How can you care for it?

Aired Oct. 17, 2015

  John White, garden curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the UTEP campus, joins us to tell us about the upcoming Sun Country Landscape Conference.  The conference, which aims to increase awareness & education about trees in El Paso, will feature a Spanish-language tree maintenance workshop for area gardeners & landscapers on Nov. 19...a session for industry professionals such as architects & planners on Nov. 20...and a homeowner session open to everyone on Nov. 21.  Early registration is encouraged by Oct. 31.

Learn more at http://www.wtufc.org/ and connect with the West Texas Urban Forestry Council on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Los-Tree-Amigos-137968762928106/timeline/.

Aired Oct. 3, 2015

  Trees are one of our biggest investments in our landscape.  When's the best time to plant them?  Which tree will grow best in your part of town?  Should you buy a staked tree?  We'll answer all these questions and more with John White, garden curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP.

Aired Sept 26, 2015.

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  Earth-Kind Roses demonstrate superior pest tolerance and outstanding landscape performance, and they're some of the best types of roses to plant in our region.  Now that we're getting ready for our fall bloom, Norma & Denise run down what you should look for if you're thinking of planting roses in your landscape.

Learn more about Earth-Kind Roses here: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkindroses/

Aired Sept 19, 2015.

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  Norma & Denise talk about some of the questions that have been coming into the Master Gardener helpline recently (that number, by the way, is 915-771-2354).  Wooly aphids have been attacking pine trees, and spittlebugs are making rosemary plants look rather icky.  Plus, what's the best way to control those out-of-control weeds in your turf?

If you'd like a closer look at El Paso's coolest bugs, visit Salvador Vitanza's El Paso Bugs Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ElPasoBugs?fref=nf.

Aired Sept 5, 2015.

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  Denise & Norma are getting ready for cooler weather by sharing these September gardening tips.  Make sure you give your turf one last boost of fertilizer to carry it over into the winter and through the spring...deadhead and fertilize your roses to get them ready for their fall bloom...and sow your wildflower seeds directly into your garden beds.

Aired Aug. 29, 2015

  

    Denise & Norma talk with Sabine Green, a certified floral designer who will be leading a Floral Jewelry Workshop on Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Garden Center, 3105 Grant.   Participants will learn how to mix fresh flowers with repurposed jewelry to create wearable floral art.  All supplies are included, but you are welcome to bring your own jewelry to repurpose!more info: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension 771-2354. Aired Aug. 8, 2015.

  With the summer heat, the last thing most of us are thinking about is gardening...but we are definitely ready for the fall to arrive!  And with the fall season comes an array of fall vegetables.  It's time to start planning for our fall veggie gardens, and Denise & Norma offer some helpful tips to get you on your way!

Aired Aug. 15, 2015.

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  Denise & Norma talk with Rainwater Harvesting Specialist, Doc Stalker about rainwater harvesting.  You don't need to buy any expensive equipment to collect precious rainwater for your landscape.  Doc tells us about how we can take advantage of passive rainwater harvesting by channeling rainwater runoff to our trees, lawns, and raingardens.  Learn more at http://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/

Aired Aug. 1, 2015.

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   Denise & Norma talk about the signs of overwatering and underwatering plants and turf.  Plus, if you have trees growing in your lawn, prioritize the tree over the turf - it will likely need heavier watering.

Powdery mildew is also a problem with summer rains.  Find out how to control it.

And the El Paso Master Gardeners are experimenting with growing loofahs!  Denise tells us more.

Aired July 25, 2015.

  Denise & Norma talk about the upcoming Master Gardener class taking place in September.  Do you have time to dedicate to learning about horticulture and sharing that knowledge with the community?  Sign up before August 24. Registration information available at 915-860-2515 and online http://txmg.org/elpaso/.

Denise & Norma also talk about containers.  Terra cotta pots are beautiful, but they aren't necessarily good for your plant!  They talk about a clever way to keep those attractive pots WITHOUT harming your plants.

Aired July 18, 2015

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