Seed to Supper – A Beginner’s Guide to Low-Cost Vegetable Gardening

Seed to Supper – A Beginner’s Guide to Low-Cost Vegetable Gardening

Seed to Supper – A Beginner’s Guide to Low-Cost Vegetable Gardening

 

Available for free online to people in New Mexico! Learn how to grow your own food with self-paced gardening lessons.

To get started, click here: Seed to Supper Online Course Sign-Up

Seed to Supper lesson topics include:

  • Planning
  • Soil Prep
  • Planting
  • Garden Care
  • Harvest
  • Storage

If you have questions about Seed to Supper or the sign-up form, contact:

Sally Cassady
(575) 646-0334
scassady@nmsu.edu

 

 

 

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HYDROPONIC 101 GROWING FOOD AT HOME

HYDROPONIC 101 GROWING FOOD AT HOME

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Southwest Plant of the Month – “Centennial” Coyote Bush – Baccharis “Centennial”

Southwest Plant of the Month – “Centennial” Coyote Bush – Baccharis “Centennial”

Southwest Plant of the Month – “Centennial” Coyote Bush – Baccharis “Centennial”

Plant Form Ground Cover Plant Size 4′ x 5′
Plant Type Evergreen Water Usage Low
Sunlight Sun, Partial Shade    


Physical Description:  Hardy, bright green mounding form that is adaptable to a wide variety of soils.

Care and Maintenance:  Numerous sterile seed can be a litter problem.

Gardener’s Notes:  Hybrid of Coyote bush and Desert broom. Because it is sterile there is no reseeding problem. Good for erosion control

Information from:  desertblooms.nmsu.edu

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Beneficial of the Month – Beetles (Order: Coleoptera) – Ground beetles – (Family: Carabidae)

Beneficial of the Month – Beetles (Order: Coleoptera) – Ground beetles – (Family: Carabidae)

Beneficial of the Month – Beetles (Order: Coleoptera) – Ground beetles – (Family: Carabidae)

These beetles are fast-moving, relatively large predators that attack a wide range of insect prey; a few species eat seeds and play a role in reducing the weed seed bank in the soil. They are typically black in color, often with a metallic sheen. Since they are nocturnal, they often pass undetected in the farm and garden, even though they may be present in high numbers. At first glance they may be mistaken for the large, black ‘darkling’ beetles (Family: Tenebrionidae) that are active during the day (particularly in desert areas) but differ in having a much flatter abdomen. The larval stages develop in the soil (for up to 2 years, depending on species) and prey on other soil-dwelling organisms, including some pests.

Information from:  https://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/insects/welcome

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Beneficial of the Month – Beneficial Flies (Order: Diptera) – Tachinid Flies (Family: Tachinidae)

Beneficial of the Month – Beneficial Flies (Order: Diptera) – Tachinid Flies (Family: Tachinidae)

Beneficial of the Month – Beneficial Flies (Order: Diptera) – Tachinid Flies (Family: Tachinidae)

The flies in this family are parasitoids, i.e., the females lay their eggs on or in the bodies of other insects, and when the fly larvae hatch, they gradually consume the host until it dies, and the fly larvae pupate. Many tachinids attack larval moths and butterflies, although some species parasitize other insect groups (e.g., cucumber beetles). The adults often resemble large houseflies but have a bristlier abdomen. They sustain themselves on nectar and pollen, and so are often found on flowers during the summer.

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