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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.

Do you you have a gardening question? Why not ask the El Paso Master Gardeners. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White answer some of your gardening questions left at the Master Gardeners' helpdesk. 

If you attended FloraFest 2017 you may have purchased a native plant or two. Now that you have your native plant how do you care for it? Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White discuss care for native plants along with tips and tricks. 

Hosts Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka talk all about container gardening. From selecting your container and choosing your plants, Denise and Jan discuss the tips and tricks to make your container gardening a successful venture. 

Spring is in the air and Earth Day is just around the corner. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka discuss how you can celebrate Earth Day all year long in your garden with earth kind principles. Plus, the Master Gardeners will be hosting many events in honor of Earth Day. 

Who doesn't like the sight of a butterfly or a hummingbird visiting a garden. While the visit of these creatures may be a nice surprirse did you know they can also be beneficial to your garden? 

It's all about the grass! With spring officially in the air you may have notice your lawn is starting to get a little color back in its roots. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White talk all about grass this week, specifically Bermuda grass, providing tips and tricks to help you get the greenest, healthiest lawn this season. 

Aired April 1, 2017

Have you ever wanted to start a school garden? Well you're in luck! Host Denise Rodriguez and garden curator John White talk all about school gardens. Providing tips, pointers and advice, Denise and John give you all the information and encouragement you need to start your own school garden.   

Aired March 25, 2017

Cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, grapevine, heirloom....with so many types and varieties of tomatoes how do you choose the right tomato for you and your garden? Luckily hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White talk all about tomatoes to help you select the right tomato for you including where to purchase some. 

Aired March 18, 2017

With spring and tree blossoms starting to bloom you may considering planting a tree yourself. But what tree is the right tree for you? Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White are joined by Oscar Mestas to talk about tree selection. Mestas is a certified arborist and municipal specialist and the former regional forester for Texas A&M Forest service.  

Aired March 5, 2017

With spring around the corner it's easy to start feeling anxious to go out and start gardening and try new gardening tips, tricks and techniques. Luckily the El Paso Master Gardeners have have many events planned to spring up your interest in the coming weeks. You can meet the Master Gardeners at the Home and Garden Show (March 10-12) or you can attend a Sunscape class (915-747-8994 to register for the March 11th program). Plus Denise Rodriguez and John White tackle weeds, giving tips on how to handle the weeds that may have sprung up in your garden.  

http://txmg.org/elpaso/events/

Aired Feb. 25, 2017

The temperatures might be warming up but that doesn't meant that your garden is safe from freezing temperatures. Host Denise Rodriguez is joined by Garden Curator of the UTEP Centennial Museum and Gardens.  John White to discuss cold weather tips for your garden. 

Aired Feb. 18, 2017

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Host Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardner Jan Petrzelka have a conversation with Sabine Green. Green  is the New Mexico State University Floriculture program coordinator and a national accredited certified floral designer. 

Aired Feb. 11, 2016

Just because it's February doesn't mean it is a time to ignore your garden. Join host Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardner Jan Petrzelka as they discuss February gardening tips to help you prepare your garden for spring. 

Aired Feb. 4, 2017

Every rose has its thorn unless you have a good pair of gardening gloves. Join host Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka and guest Doc Stalker as they discuss rose gardening tips such as how to prune roses properly and where to find beautiful blooms in the desert. 

Aired Jan. 28, 2017

Just because it's the middle of January does not mean it is too early to start planning your spring garden. Join hosts Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka as they discuss gardening ideas for spring. 

Aired January 21, 2017

Good to Grow's very own Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka discuss gardening trends for 2017. 

Dr. Youping Sun, Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at El Paso, shares details on the recent work at the Ascarate Vegetable Garden. Collaboration efforts between research and extension have been underway in order to bring more Asian vegetables to El Paso.

As colder temperatures make their way into the region along with the new year, listen for these tips on how to protect your garden from those harsh winter freezes.

Whether it's cleaning or sharpening your tools, the Good to Grow team provides tips to help you get a jump start on your spring gardening efforts. 

Whether you're in the market for poinsettias, Christmas cactus, or any other holiday gift, listen in for this recap on shopping tips. 

The holidays are here! Struggling with gift ideas for that special gardener in your life? Listen in for some great gift ideas from Good to Grow's very own Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka.

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Maybe you're a fake tree person.  Or maybe you like the live ones that you can plant outdoors later.  Or maybe you like the one-and-done approach of a cut tree.  On this program we'll discuss the pros & cons of the different kinds of Christmas trees, including a few alternatives such as Norfolk Island Pines or Christmas Cacti.

Aired Dec. 3, 2016

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.

http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/TexasBigTreeRegistry/

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https://www.facebook.com/WestTexasUrbanForestryCouncil/

Aired Nov. 26, 2016

Texas Forest Service

Did you know that El Paso is an urban forest with over 1 million trees?  On this program we visit with the new 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.

Links to the West Texas Urban Forestry Council:  http://www.wtufc.org/https://www.facebook.com/WestTexasUrbanForestryCouncil/http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/

Aired Nov 19, 2016

  Gardening Checklist for November

This is still a great time to plant trees and shrubs, although the selection at local nurseries and garden shops may not be that extensive.  Many garden centers have much less inventory in the fall than they do in the spring, when temperatures are beginning to warm up and more people have gardening on their minds. 

The month of October was one of the warmest & driest on record.  Now that we're finally seeing cooler weather, what do we need to do in our yards?  We need to keep watering our trees, plant colorful fall annuals, and enjoy the fall bloom in our roses.

Aired Nov 5, 2016

Those pumpkins and squash flooding the stores are hard to resist.  What's the best way to decorate with them?  We'll offer a few tips, including how to recycle those pinecones and acorns littering our yards and streets.

Aired Oct. 29, 2016

Tree troubles come in all shapes and sizes.  The ones in this program have to do with caterpillar identification, a concern over peeling tree bark, and an unusual growth at the base of a mulberry tree.  Listen in to unravel these mysteries!

Aired Oct 22, 2016

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Irrigation systems can be complicated for the average homeowner, and on this program, we'll hear about why it's important to at least have a basic understanding of irrigation, since the survival of our landscape depends on it!  In addition, we'll also hear how to bring a pop of color back to our landscape now that our trees and shrubs are slipping into dormancy.

Aired October 15, 2016

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The El Paso Master Gardeners are keeping busy this weekend with activities and garden talks at the Fall Home & Garden Show at the Convention Center this weekend (Oct 8-9).  We'll hear what the Master Gardeners will be up to, and about their experiments growing Asian vegetables in their test & demonstration gardens.

Aired Oct 8, 2016

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