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Southwest Plant of the Month

Black locust – Robinia pseudoacacia Plant Form: Tree Plant Size: 50′ x 25′ Plant Type: Deciduous Water Usage: Low Sunlight: Sun Colors: White Physical Description: Tree has an open sparse branching habit. Bark is deeply furrowed. Showy display of creamy-white fragrant flowers in the spring. Care and Maintenance: Weedy, thicket-forming if not controlled. Thorns. Root suckering can become a nuisance. Gardener’s notes: The wood is hard and dense. Often used as posts because wood is rot-resistant and strong. Once widely planted for shelter belts, and…

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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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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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Visiting Monet’s Garden

By Sam Thompson Past Coordinator Checking items off your bucket list is a wonderful achievement.  In May I checked off visiting Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.  If you have the opportunity to visit this garden, it will not disappoint. The day before our visit to the garden we went to the Musee de l’Orangerie to experience the splendor of Claude Monet’s garden paintings.  Two rooms in the museum contain eight water-lily murals that allow the viewer to experience the garden from sunrise to sunset.  During…

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Symphony of Soil Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Soilutions and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center invite you to dig into the vibrant and vital world underground and be amazed. When Oct 04, 2015 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM Where Open Space Visitor Center 6500 Coors Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87120 505-897-8831 Description Free Documentary screening and expert panel discussion Soilutions and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center invite you to dig into the vibrant and vital world underground and be amazed. Soil not only fuels our food, but it also cleans our water,…

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