Fall Colors in the RIo Rancho WaterWise Demonstration Garden

Fall is a great time to visit the Rio Rancho WaterWise Demonstration Garden.  Not only is it a place to take a a stroll through one of our beautiful parks, it is truly a working  demonstration garden,  showcasing the best plants for our local climate and soil.  See how these native plants and trees will look at maturity and get ideas for your own WaterWise Garden. More info on the WW Garden here

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Pine Beetle Alert – Rapid Deline of Native Pines

Sounds like I need to give my ‘Bark Beetle Talk.’ I just did that for the Little Bear Coalition in Ruidoso the first of this month. People in Ruidoso-Cloudcroft, Mountainair, the Sangre de Cristos in general, Sandias in general—wherever there are native pines—are seeing trees change color rather quickly—and then lose their needles. I strongly suspect bark beetles (BBs) have done their dirty work on all of your photographed pinyons. And the suspect would be Ips confusus….yep, gotta watch the ‘auto-correct’ function on the computer…

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Weed Management

By Dudley Vines What are our weed management options? Mechanical weed management is the physical removal of weeds. Any physical re-moval or displacement of weeds can be classified as mechanical in operation. Cultivation, mowing, hand pulling, and hoeing are ex-amples of this type of management. The success of mechanical weed management depends upon the weeds in question. Annual weeds often are effectively managed this way, while the perennial weed problem can be multiplied through the movement of the underground vegetative reproductive structure by cultivation and…

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Permaculture and Sustainability

Suzanne Maxwell, an active Master Gardener volunteer since 2010, a team leader for Homescapes Solutions and chair of Placitas Community Library’s Landscape Committee, will speak about Permaculture and Sustainability at the Garden-ing with the Masters class at Meadowlark Senior Center in Rio Rancho On Tuesday, May 6 at 7:15pm. Suzanne defines permaculture as a philosophy for living, gardening, working with nature and growing food, that reflects care for people, care for the earth, and a reinvestment in our future by limiting our needs. Suzanne is…

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Growing Tomatoes

by Sam Thompson, SCMG and Mike Maurer, SCMG We can’t wait to harvest that first gorgeous ripe tomato of the season. Just picture the beautiful rich red tomato in your hand as you head for the kitchen to slice it up. Ok, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s go through a few things that will help make that mental image a reality. Selecting. There are thousands of tomato varieties. Cooking tomatoes are dense while fresh eating tomatoes have lots of liquid. You can save the…

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