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.

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KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat April 27, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Grass

In a rebroadcast from October 16, 2010, Bill & Norma talk with Jim McAfee, a turf grass specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension in Dallas.  Find out why Bermuda grass grows best here in El Paso, and why zoysia grass is another great bet. McAfee also talks about St. Augustine grass, Bermuda hybrid, and cool season grass.  McAfee also explains why fall is the best time to fertilize, and when to apply pre-emergents to your lawn to prevent weeds.  http://jimmcafee.tamu.edu/

Aired April 27, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat April 20, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Native Plant Sale, Pt 2

John White, garden curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens returns to the show to talk more about the Native Plant Sale at UTEP.  Hear about some of the desert-friendly shade trees that will be available, and some of the plant sale's best sellers, including penstemons and chocolate flowers.  Many of these native & adapted plants are excellent food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.

The Native Plant Sale is April 27 & 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Centennial Museum.  The FloraFEST speaker, George O. Miller, delivers a free lecture on landscaping in the Chihuahuan Desert, April 26, 7 p.m., Room 116 of the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center.  915-747-5565, www.museum.utep.edu

Aired April 20, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat April 13, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Native Plant Sale, part 1

Norma & Denise talk with John White, garden curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP.  John talks about why we should consider native & adapted plants for our landscapes.  He also explains that even though these are low-water use plants, they are not no-water use plants!  John also talks about a few of the desert-friendly trees available at the plant sale that can be found growing native in the Chihuahuan Desert, including Honey Mesquite trees and Desert Willows. 

The plant sale is April 27 & 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP. www.museum.utep.edu, 915-747-5565.

Aired April 13, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat April 6, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Tomatoes, pt 2

Bill, Denise, and Norma welcome back Master Gardener Dave Turner, president of the Master Gardener Society and vegetable specialist.  Turner talks about pruning tomato plants, whether your tomato needs a cage or a stake, and how to protect your tomato plant from El Paso's spring winds.  He also talks about what to do if your plant looks wilted, and why mulching with newspaper is a great way to retain moisture and deter weeds.

Aired April 6, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat March 30, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Tomatoes (part 1)

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk with Dave Turner, vegetable specialist with the Texas Master Gardeners and president of the Master Gardeners Association.  It's part  1 of our Tomato Show, and Turner will talk about how we should prep our soil and why now is the ideal time to plant our tomatoes instead of later in the season.  Turner also explains what differentiates indeterminate tomatoes from determinate tomatoes. 
Aired March 30, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat March 23, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Butterflies

In a rebroadcast from Sept. 25, 2010, Norma & Bill talk with Mark Muegge, associate professor and extension entomologist with Texas A&M.  Muegge talks about the different plants and colors that attract butterflies to our landscapes, and about the types of butterflies we can commonly find in El Paso.  He also talks about the kinds of plants we can sacrifice to the caterpillars so they can voraciously feed and eventually metamorphose into butterflies!  For more information, visit the North American Butterfly Association, www.naba.org.  Aired March 23, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat March 9, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Spring Gardening Prep

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about preparing for spring gardening.  It's time to cut back some of that dead winter's growth on our perennials.  Denise also talks about the right type of soil mixture for our gardening beds and container plants.  Aired March 9, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat February 23, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Chill Hours and more

Bill, Denise, and Norma talk about why chill hours are important for certain fruit trees to bloom and set fruit, and why chill hours are difficult to calculate in the El Paso region.  They also talk about what the Master Gardeners will be presenting to the public during the upcoming Home & Garden Expo at the downtown Convention Center, March 1-3.   Aired Feb. 23, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat February 16, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: February Gardening Tips

Norma, Bill, and Denise talk about what we should be doing in our gardens & landscapes in February.  It's time to prepare our gardening beds for spring planting and to do our last-minute pruning.  Aired Feb. 16, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat February 9, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Rose & Shrub Pruning

Norma, Bill, and Denise welcome back Master Gardener Donna Beamesderfer to talk about pruning.  What tools are essential when it comes to pruning your roses?  Plus, they about what NOT to do when pruning roses.  And...just because it's time to prune doesn't mean you have to.  Prune with a purpose!  Aired Feb 9, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat January 26, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Rose Pruning, pt 1

Bill, Denise, and Norma talk with Master Gardener Donna Beamesderfer about rose pruning.  Why is this the best season for pruning?  Donna explains the whys and hows, and she also explains why one shouldn't panic when it's time to cut back those rose canes.

Aired Jan. 26, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat January 19, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Rose Sale

Norma, Bill, and Denise talk with Jennifer Hickey, a Master Gardener and consulting rosarian with the American Rose Society.  She talks about the different kinds of roses available for sale at the Master Gardener Rose Sale, including all types of floribunda, grandiflora, hybrid tea, and EarthKind roses.  Hickey offers some advice on how to pick the right rose for your landscape. 

Orders for the Master Gardener Rose Sale will be taken through February 1.  Order forms are available online at http://txmg.org/elpaso/2012-rose-sale/ or by calling the Texas AgriLife Extension at 915-860-2515, or the Master Gardener Hotline at 915-566-1276.

Aired Jan. 19, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat January 12, 2013

GOOD TO GROW: Unpredictable Weather, Protecting Plants

Bill & Norma talk about preparing for El Paso's unpredictable winter temps by protecting your plants and your pipes.  They also talk about bringing color inside your home with quick-blooming bulbs, ordering seeds for your spring garden from seed catalogs, and why to hold off on fertilizing your plants until the weather begins to warm up.  Aired Jan. 12, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat December 29, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: Pruning, part 2

In a rebroadcast from Dec. 25, 2010, Norma continues her conversation with Oscar Mestas, Regional Urban Forester, Texas Forest Service.  Mestas talks about the proper pruning tools that should be used for larger, more mature trees.  He also talks about what kind of pruning your tree needs if it has suffered wind damage or if it is planted near a utility line.  Mestas also discusses the special pruning that fruit trees might require.  Aired Dec. 29, 2012.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat December 22, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: Pruning, part 1

In a rebroadcast from December 18, 2010, Norma talks with Oscar Mestas, Regional Urban Forester, Texas Forest Service.  Mestas talks about why to prune, when to consult a professional, and why topping is a harmful practice which could lead to the demise of your trees.  Part 1 of a 2-part conversation.  Aired Dec. 22, 2012.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat December 15, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: Cold Weather Plant Care; Rose Sale

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about the ways we can protect our outdoor plants from the cold weather.  Plus, we'll get a sneak preview of January's Master Gardener rose sale. Aired Dec. 15, 2012.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: December Gardening Tips

Denise & Norma talk about the gardening activities we should be taking part in this month, including cutting back on watering and planting our spring-flowering bulbs.  Aired Dec. 8, 2012.

KTEP Local
11:55 am
Mon November 5, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: Pomegranates, Rose Care, Fall Color

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about whether roses need any special care once the weather starts getting colder.  Bill also talks about his recent experience at a pomegranate workshop which convinced him to want to start a pomegranate orchard! Plus, find out which trees might provide you a pop of fall color.  Aired Nov. 3, 2012.

KTEP Local
11:30 am
Sat October 27, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: November Tips

Denise & Norma talk about what we should be doing in our yards & landscapes in November, including selecting trees & shrubs for our yards, decreasing our watering schedule, and planting cool-weather-loving annuals. Aired Oct. 27, 2012.

KTEP Local
8:14 am
Thu October 25, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: Community Gardens

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about the challenges facing people who aim to create a community garden, as well as how to turn a community garden into a success. They'll also talk about planning a winter garden, and explain why area pine trees continue to die. Aired Sept. 22, 2012.

KTEP Local
8:07 am
Thu October 25, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: Annuals vs Perennials

Bill, Denise, and Norma talk about the differences between annuals and perennials and why they are both terrific additions to your landscape or patios. Aired Sept. 29, 2012.

KTEP Local
8:03 am
Thu October 25, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: October Gardening Tips

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about what we should be doing in our gardens & landscapes this month, including planting trees & shrubs, chilling tulips & hyacinths, and caring for our roses. Aired Oct. 6, 2012.

KTEP Local
12:21 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

GOOD TO GROW: Pomegranates, Composting

Denise & Norma talk about the hardy pomegranate tree and why it should be a more widely-planted tree in our region. They also talk about the benefits of composting...and why it's not as labor-intensive as you think.

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