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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  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

Time to sow seeds of snapdragons, dianthus, pansies, and other winter flowers in flats for planting outdoors during October.

Dig and divided spring flowering bulbs and perennials such as daffodil, iris, daylily, ajuga, liriope, and canna.

Plant leaf and root vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, spinach, and lettuce late in the month.

This month or early next month, sow seeds of wildflowers into weed-free, well-tilled soil.

Gardening Questions?

Aug 24, 2015

  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).

  Master Gardeners are offering gardening demonstrations and clinics every 2nd Saturday, 10am-noon, at the Downtown Artist & Farmers Market, 117 Anthony Street in Downtown El Paso.

  • September 12: Laura Borsch "Roses for Fall"

  

    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.

  Master Gardener Community College Class Outreach Program

Home gardeners can learn directly from Master Gardeners through the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Continuing Education Program.  Master Gardeners share their expertise in soil improvement, turf grass, vegetable gardening, native and adapted plants, xeriscaping, herb and container gardening and fertilizers and pesticides in this non-credit course offered on Saturdays.  Class information will be posted at http://txmg.org/elpaso/outreach2/epcc-class/ or you can check the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Class Schedule a few weeks before the start of each semester for details.

For online access, you may go to www.epcc.edu and follow links to the current semester’s Class Schedules: Continuing Education under the Catalog/Schedules link.

Registration Information

Home Gardening in El Paso

Class Day of Week: Saturday                Class Dates: September 12 to October 17
Class Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Course Tuition: $53.00
CRN Number: 17299                            Course Number: PIA 811
Credit: Non-credit Course                     Registration underway and ends September 11
Campus: Valle Verde (VV)                  Campus – Room B106

Continuing Education students are encouraged to register in person at the Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount, Building B – Room 220; Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) or at other EPCC campus locations (call 831-7737 for info).
Registration forms can be found in the EPCC Fall 2015 Schedule booklet or at the website below, where the form may be completed online before printing:

http://www.epcc.edu/ContinuingEd/Documents/CE_Registration_Form_(English).pdf

  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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8:30 a.m. – 09:00 a.m. – Patio Garden Talk

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Master Gardener Information Booth and Produce Sales

  • August 29: Composting, Bev Clark
  • September 5: Fried Green Tomatoes, Jim Hastings

  Gardening 101” Workshop Series (2015) 

  • Held at: Multipurpose Center, 9031 Viscount Blvd.,
  • 4:00-5:30pm

 

  • DETAILS:
  • FREE to the public, but you need to register, as space is limited
  • Offered to the community by a partnership between the City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  •  Workshops are taught by Extension Horticulturist and El Paso Master Gardeners
  •  Located at the Multipurpose Center (9031 Viscount Blvd.)
  • Primarily taught in a “classroom” format indoors, with possible on-site examples from the adjacent Vista Del Valle Community Garden.
  • Participants don’t need to bring anything but a pen & paper to take notes.
  • You can register one of three ways:
  •  ONLINE at: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation Click on the “Register Online” button.
  • IN PERSON at the Multipurpose Center  
  • BY PHONE at 915/212-0092  
  • You may only register for one session at a time
  • August 28th Fall Gardening

Divide spring-flowering plants such as iris, Shasta daisy, gaillardia, cannas, daylilies, and liriope.

Pick dead blooms frequently to encourage your annuals to flower more abundantly.

Check trees to see if any limbs need pruning.  Although NOW IS NOT the time to prune, it would be a good idea to mark the limbs to be removed with flagging tape now, while leaves are still on the tree.  This will make it easier to know which limbs to prune during the dormant season.

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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

  If your grass has brown spots, there are 2 likely culprits - a faulty sprinkler system or nasty little grub worms.  Denise & Norma explain why you shouldn't panic if you find 1 or 2 grub worms in your yard...and when you should head to the hardware store to find the right chemical to treat them.

Aired July 4, 2015.

  Denise & Norma talk about how you can keep your veggies, flowering plants, and lawns alive while you take an extended summer vacation.  Mulching, deep watering, and early harvesting are key.

Aired June 27, 2015

  Bugs - are they a benefit or a nuisance?  It depends!  Most people have the "spray and pray" approach when it comes to bugs, but Denise & Norma talk about why it's important to identify the bugs invading your home or garden BEFORE you take any action.  Sometimes a blast of water will take care of aphids or spider mites, and hand picking tomato hornworms off your tomatoes is better than spraying a nasty chemical on your veggies.  To learn more about IPM, Integrated Pest Management, view this helpful handout: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/files/2010/10/ipm.pdf.

Denise shares another helpful link to help you decide how to best use pesticides (http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/files/2010/10/pesticides.pdf).  Or follow the Insects in the City blog at http://insectsinthecity.blogspot.com/.

Aired June 13, 2015.

  Denise & Norma talk with Amber Carroll, County Extension Agent 4-H and Youth Development.  Carroll talks about the upcoming STEM Summer Camp presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, that features fun, hands-on activities that will teach kids age 9-12 (even though they won't realize they're learning!) about the environment, water stewardship, engineering, rockets, and nutrition.  The camp is July 13-18, 8am-noon, at the Ascarate Park Pavilion, 6900 Delta.  Sign up by calling 915-860-2515, or visit http://elp.tamu.edu/.

Aired June 6, 2015.

 

   The El Paso Master Gardeners are in full swing this Spring & Summer, conducting classes, workshops, and informative talks across the community.  From the Farmers Market at Ardovino's and Downtown, to Gardening 101 workshops, there are plenty of ways for you to learn more about gardening in harmony with the desert.  Norma & Denise give a full rundown of the activities, and you can learn more by calling the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 915-860-2515, or visit http://txmg.org/elpaso/.  Find the Master Gardeners on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners/148950588460436.

Aired May 23, 2015

  Denise & Norma talk about some of the gardening activities we should be thinking about this month.  Now's a great time to install a new Bermuda lawn and to fertilize our existing lawns.  What annual & perennial flowering plants will add color to your landscape?  

Aired May 16, 2015.

  Norma & Denise welcome Picacho Hills resident Larry Felhauser to talk about the annual Art in the Garden tour taking place May 17, 11am-4pm, in the Picacho Hills neighborhood in Las Cruces.  This event features 6 gardens and 18 artists who are showcasing and selling their artwork to the public.

Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Artists-of-Picacho-Hills/137937112884863

Aired May 9, 2015

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  Denise & Norma talk about a few of the most popular questions that have been called into the Master Gardener Help Line (915-566-1276).  What's the best way to rid my turf of weeds?  What's the best way to control invasive and hungry insects & bugs?  What small tree can replace my Mexican Elder?  

If you have plant questions, the Master Gardeners can be reached at 915-566-1276, elpasomg@ag.tamu.edu, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners/148950588460436

Aired May 2, 2015.

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  With the Native Plant taking place this weekend (April 25 & 26), Denise & Norma talk about the 3 "P's" - the right PLANT in the right PLACE with a PURPOSE.  Keep those 3 P's in mind which picking the perfect native plant for your landscape.  Denise also tells us about a couple of her favorite plants which will be on sale at the plant sale - Mexican Flame and Gaura.  

The Native Plant Sale is April 25 & 26, 9am-4pm.  https://www.facebook.com/CentennialMuseumandChihuahuanDesertGardens

Aired April 25, 2015.

  Norma & Denise welcome back John White, garden curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, to talk about the FloraFEST Native Plant Sale (April 25 & 26) and other FloraFEST activities.  We'll hear about the different varieties of drought-tolerant and adapted plants available at the sale, as well as an Earth Day tour of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens with John White and a talk on plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies with Lois Balin, both taking place April 22.  The FloraFEST Lecture is April 24, and features Gary Nored, an avid photographer of the Big Bend.  Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/CentennialMuseumandChihuahuanDesertGardens.

Aired April 18, 2015

  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.

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   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.

  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.

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  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.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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