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Compost Tea and Extracts Workshop to be Held February 24

You’re invited to spend an afternoon with Master Composters at the Open Space Visitor Center learning how to make and use actively aerated compost tea and extracts. Tea brews made from quality compost or worm castings may be used to add nutrients and beneficial microbes to desert garden soil, enhancing soil fertility. The workshop includes useful information on biology, various materials, brewing methods, tailoring techniques and uses for finished compost tea. Aspects of desert soil biology and amending will be presented. Teas may be tailored…

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Southwest Plant of the Month – Big Bend Silverleaf

Southwest Plant of the Month Big Bend Silverleaf Leucophyllum candidum Plant Form:  Shrub Plant Size:  4’ x 4’ Plant Type:  Evergreen Water Usage:  Low Sunlight:  Sun Colors:  Blue, Purple Physical Description:  Densely foliaged, compact, rounded shrub with soft velvety, silver-gray leaves and stems, and intense deep blue-violet flowers following heavy rains from late spring to fall. Very drought tolerant. Care and Maintenance:  Overwatering and/or poor drainage will quickly kill this plant. Gardener’s notes:  Naturally tidy and compact in full sun. Chihuahuan desert native with several cultivars released by Texas…

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Winter Gardening – Planning for Spring Season by Loren Meinz Master Gardener

So, rather than winter boredom watching TV all day, there are some things we gardeners can and should be doing to get ready for spring season.  First, if you have fruit trees, January/February is the time for pruning.  After several years of my pruning efforts, my two trees are somewhat “odd” shaped, so this year I am hiring an arborist to give them a professional crew cut.  After pruning, consider applying dormant oil spray to rid the tree of left over pest bug eggs that…

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MASTER GARDENERS OFFER SEED-STARTING AND SEED-SAVING WORKSHOPS

MASTER GARDENERS OFFER SEED-STARTING AND SEED-SAVING WORKSHOPS The Sandoval County Seed Library, a Sandoval County Master Gardeners project, is hosting two workshops on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at the Esther Bone Memorial Library,950 Pinetree Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. The Seed Starting workshop, with Judy Jacobs, Sandoval County Master Gardener Life Member, starts at 10am. The Seed Saving workshop follows at 12pm with Amy Upperman, Sandoval County Master Gardener and Seed Library Co-chair. “In this environment, it is so important to…

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Master Composter Training Course plus other classes are on the schedule!

For those interested in becoming Master Composters, training will be held April 11 to May 5. Please see Master Composter Volunteer Training Course for an application, schedule, and other details. On February 24, you’re invited to spend an afternoon learning how to make compost tea. Cost is $10. See Compost Tea and Extracts Workshop for details. And mark April 22 on your calendar for an Intermediate Hands-On Composting workshop. More details will be posted to our website soon. Winter is a good time to learn more about…

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Sandoval County Fair Results – Master Gardener Winners

CONGRATULATIONS! 1st Place – Blue Ribbon Beefmaster Tomato                                   David Pojmann (SCMG Since 2013) Hybrid Winter Squash Largest           David Pojman Gala Apples                                                    Loren Meinz (SCMG Since 2007) Thompson Seedless Grapes                Otto Stangl (SCMG Since 2002 – Life Member) Mare Moore Cucumbers                       Penny Davis (SCMG Since 2007) Summer Marrow Zuchinni                   Penny Davis 2nd Place – Red Ribbon Heatmaster Tomatoes                                    Penny Davis Goliath Tomatoes                                              David Pojman Beefmaster (Green) Largest Tomato …

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Guest Column & Photography by Jim Dodson, SCMG Editor My garden grows on inspiration and encouragement from others. A year ago I landed in Bernalillo without a clue as to what I intended to do after twenty years as an Analyst Programmer. I took the time to participate in the SCMG program as a 2016 intern and a year later I am inspired and encouraged to become a hops farmer in 2017. This week I visited an amazing inspiration for my hops vision, located just…

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