KTEP - El Paso, Texas

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.

Going green is not just for St. Patrick's Day! Whether you're planting trees or expanding your vegetable garden, we'll give you some design tips on how to make it happen.

In the past, we’ve encouraged you to plan your garden. Well, now is the time to put on your gardening gloves and get it done! This week, hosts shared tips on composting, veggies and flowers for your spring and summer gardens.

  Prepare beds for planting warm-season flowers and vegetables.  Incorporate a two to three inch layer of organic material such as compost, per hundred square feet of bed area.  Peat moss, although commonly recommended as a soil amendment for other areas, is not good to use here in the desert southwest.  If exposed to the air, peat moss will serve as a wick, thus removing moisture from the soil—the exact opposite of the situation you are trying to create.  

Want to put together a salsa garden? Well, we may not be experts in the kitchen but we can share some garden tips to plant your tomato and chili seeds now that'll be ready to harvest come summer time. County Extension Agent, Denise Rodriguez, Garden Curator, John White, and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka have these tips and much more on this week's Good to Grow.

Don't get caught up in the weeds! Take action now to control your winter weeds and your garden will thank you come the spring. Proper identification and timing are the keys to effective weed control, and Good to Grow hosts are here to help.

Everything's coming up roses! From pruning to planting, roses are in the ground and in the garden center. They are also America's favorite flower and can be purchased as cut flowers or as live plants. This week, we share some tips to help you maximize your gardening efforts.

Tree pruning is both an art and a science. Tree health and longevity depends heavily on the care we give our trees during the dormant season. Good to Grow hosts share tips on how you can better care for your trees during the winter season.

Though it may be a little too early in the season to stop and "smell the roses," it is certainly the perfect time to prune your roses in order to see some beautiful blooms come the spring. As a bonus, Good to Grow hosts share details on where you can go to get hands-on experience. 

Add a new native species to your garden. Plant a food you haven't tried before. Are these gardening resolutions? Or gardening tips? Well, we think they're both! Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White share more ideas to help spruce up your garden for 2018.

Happy New Year from Good to Grow! This year, we want to push you out of your comfort zone and try something new in your garden. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White share some new ideas you can incorporate into your garden to kick off 2018.


If you're thinking of adding a tree to your landscape, we'll offer tips on how to find that perfect tree in the nursery, and what to do when you bring it home.  Our guest is Mickey Merritt, West Texas Regional Urban Forester.


Did you know that El Paso is an urban forest with over 1 million trees?  On this program, we visit with West Texas Regional Urban Forester, Mickey Merritt, who'll tell us the duties of an urban forester, and he'll share some tips on tree selection.

Do you know when it's going to freeze? Or maybe how cold it'll get this winter? Well, neither do we! But that's not going to stop us from sharing on how to protect your plants from the cold winter weather. 

Are you looking for a modern updated approach to your Christmas tree? Or are you brave enough to try a Juniper, Italian Stone Pine or even a Rosemary Bush? Good to Grow hosts share some ideas to help you think outside the box for this holiday season. 

Whether you're putting up your Christmas tree, creating a beautiful centerpiece or adorning your door with a festive wreath, winter in a wonderful time to decorate your home with greenery. This edition of Good to Grow focuses all on tips to help you care for your favorite winter plants.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With the holiday season in full swing, we share a few gift ideas for gardeners to inspire you as you go about your holiday shopping. Great tips and ideas for the gardeners in your life!

It's time to prepare for the cold winter weather in our El Paso gardens. There are several tasks that need to be added to your to-do list and Good to Grow hosts Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka shares these simple tips to take great care of your garden this winter. 

We all learn from experience, including children. The Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! program is a great way to get your children outdoors while learning how to grow their own vegetables. We visit with Madelynne Cera, 4-H Cooperative Extension Agent of Texas A&M Prairie View, to find out more about this program.

The cooler November weather is great for working in your yard and garden. This edition of Good to Grow features some of our own November gardening tips.

November is Cactus Appreciation Month! We spoke to Peter Beste of the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club as he informed us of an upcoming event where you can learn more about these native perennials. 

As the beautiful fall colors begin to make their appearance, there are many ways you can incorporate ornamentals and natural elements into your home decor. Learn how to use seasonal plants to make your home warm and inviting for the season!

Along with the cooler weather, we often see the return of some familiar garden pests this time of year. County Extension Agent Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka share some tips on how to rid your home of these unwelcome visitors.

Summer has come to a close, but that doesn't mean your garden has to! County Extension Agent, Denise Rodriguez, and Master Gardener, Jan Petrzelka, share some October gardening tips to prepare your garden for the fall season.

County Extension Agent Denise Rodriguez, Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka, and Chihuahuan Gardener Curator John White catch us up to date on proper rose care as we approach our fall season. 

Hummingbirds are very popular in El Paso this time of the year. Denise Rodriguez, John White, and Jan Petrzelka share information on these amazing creatures and tips on how to attract them to your garden.

Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka keep you informed of the upcoming event "Backyard Basics Workshop." Join us for this workshop and learn how to create a small scale food productions from home!

Summer has come and gone right before our eyes - but that doesn't mean we don't have something in store for you come the fall! Hosts Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka gear you up for back to school time and share details on classes being offered by the Master Gardeners for the fall.

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.