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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Pollinators and Garden Design Workshop Series

New series of workshops to learn more about pollinators, nectary and pollen plants, collecting, cleaning and saving seed from native pollinator plants and garden design for a sustainable pollinator garden. Class size is limited. Cost is $40 cash at the first class for all for classes. $10 bucks a class is quite the deal. Note classes are at different locations. Please register online at: http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/pollinators Download the Pollinator Workshop Flyer her.

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Southwest Plant of the Month

Black dalea – Dalea frutescens Plant Form: Shrub Plant Size: 3’ x 5’ Plant Type: Deciduous Water Usage: Low Sunlight: Sun Colors: Purple Physical Description: Low round, mounding shrub with small green, compound leaves, densely covering spreading, pale creamy branches. Numerous purple pea-like flowers obscure foliage, late summer/ fall. Care and Maintenance: Occasional pruning may be needed to keep plant compact and foliage dense. Rabbits and deer graze young plants. Gardener’s Notes: Native to Chihuahuan desert of Texas/ New Mexico. Good accent or ground cover.…

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The Garden Sleeps

By Jan Koehler, SCMG There comes a time each year when even the most engaged gardener appreciates the declining day length and cooler temperatures which signal that the end of arduous toil, however be-loved, is winding down for the year. The amount of time spent watering pots or plots, denuding an area of unwanted plant growth, commonly known as weeds, and deadheading flowers to encourage yet one more flush of lively color or harvesting those tasty morsels of homegrown vegetables is finally coming to a…

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Winter Watering, Pruning, and Landscape Assessment

By Sandy Liakus, SCMG Watering Watering in the winter is essential to tree and shrub health in our high desert landscapes. In order for most established landscape trees and shrubs to flourish in our climate, you must deep water them at least once per month in the donut feeding root zone. Continue this deep watering schedule through the end of April, at which time you will need to increase the watering schedule to two times per month. An exception to this rule is newly planted…

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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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Banana yucca (Yucca baccata)

Banana Yucca

Banana yucca – Yucca baccata Plant Form: Shrub Plant Size: 3′ x 2′ Plant Type: Evergreen Water Usage: Low Sunlight: Sun, Partial Shade Colors: White Physical Description: Short, sword-like, stiff but sometimes slightly twisted or curving, semi-succulent leaves with a sharp spine at the tip, arise from a crown at or just above ground level. The rosette of encircling leaves encases a clustered mass of thick, waxy, creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers whose outer petals are streaked red-brown to maroon. Spring flowers are followed by large banana-shaped…

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