Category Archives: Growing Tips

Pumpkins grown in compost

Compost and Curcubits

by David Pojmann Several years ago, I read an article about growing cucurbits in a compost pile. I finally decided to try the concept in 2016. My compost pile consisted mainly of leaves and various plants from the garden. I had started it in the fall and decided to use the compost in June. After sorting and screening the compost, I found that there were some spots that did not have enough water and had not fully decayed. I made a new pile of that…

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Tree Care

Tree Care

Tree Care by David Pojmann There are major differences between country trees and urban trees. Country trees grew up in a favorable environment, along with others of their species, and adjusted slowly over the years to the soil conditions, water availability and micro-climates. They may have competed and won over other species of trees and other plants as well. Urban trees generally grew up in a nursery where their environment was closely regulated with the goal of fast growth over durability, and their roots were…

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Winter Gardening Tasks

Winter Garden Chores

Winter Garden Chores By Dudley Vines Winter is a slow time for gardeners. Many folks enjoy looking through nursery catalogs and planning next year’s garden. Winter is also a good time to clean, sharpen, oil, and otherwise maintain your garden tools. And hopefully, you’re enjoying some of your produce from last year, if you canned or froze it. Did you know that the Extension Service offers free classes and facilities for canning? Educational bulletins are available on the http://bernalilloextension.nmsu.edu/mastercomposter/index.htmlwebsite and here’s the canning center website.…

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Agarita (Berberis Trifoliolata)

Plant of the Month- Agarita

Agarita (Berberis trifoliolata) Agarita is a plant native to New Mexico, Texas and Northern Mexico Agarita is low maintenance, drought tolerant, evergreen, and hardy to 15 degrees F. It is adaptable to other soils as long as they are well-drained. It forms its best shape in full sun, but will grow in light shade. These shrubs are best planted in the fall, bloom in the spring and offer their berries for making delicious jelly in the fall. Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub Exposure: sun…

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Plant of the Month- Apache Plume

Fallugia paradoxa : Apache plume Ponil Rosaceae (Rose Family) Kingdom Plantae – Plants Subkingdom Tracheobionta Superdivision Spermatophyta Division Magnoliophyta Class Magnoliopsida Subclass Rosidae Order Rosales Family Rosaceae – Rose family Genus Fallugia Endl. – Apache plume Species Fallugia paradoxa (D. Don) Endlex Torr. – Apache plume Apache-plume is a slender, upright, deciduous to semi-evergreen, multi-branched shrub, 2-6 ft. tall, with grayish-white, pubescent branches. A shrub with white flowers and silvery puffs of fruit heads borne at the tips of very dense, intertangled, twiggy, slender branches.…

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Calylophus hartwegii: Hartweg's Sundrops / Fendler's Sundrops

July Plant of the Month- Hartweg’s Sundrops

July 2016 Calylophus hartwegii: Hartweg’s  Sundrops / Fendler’s Sundrops Form: Herb. Lifespan: Perennial. Growth rate: Rapid. Mature Size: 12-18″ high and 24″ wide. Flowers: Bright yellow, four petals, 24 hour lifespan, open in the evening and close the next afternoon just before the next set of flowers open. Bloom: Spring and summer. Fruit: Cylindrical seed capsule. Leaves: Green, linear to thinly lance-shaped. Stems: No thorns. Drooping to erect and become woody. Roots: Spreads by rhizomes. Wildlife: Attracts butterflies, bees, birds. Toxic / Danger: No. Origin:…

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Plant of the Month – Tulips

Plant of the Month –  Tulips Article & Photo by: Jan Koehler, SCMG Scientific Name: Tulipa gesneriana Linnaeus Other Common Name: Common garden tulip Type: Bulbs Family: Liliaceae Native Range: Temperate Central and West Asia through Siberia and China and North Africa Zone: 4-10 (8-10 need special considerations) Height: Less than 6” to 3’ depending on variety Spread: To 6” Bloom Time: Early, Mid and Late Spring depending on variety Bloom Description:  Perianth campanulate to cup-shaped; tepals caducous, 6, distinct, often blotched near base, petaloid, ±…

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Garden Planning

Article by: George W. Dickerson, Ph.D., NMSU Cooperative Extension Service Plan Vegetable Gardens before Planting Photo by: Sam Thompson, SCMG For productive plants and quality vegetables, take time to plan the layout and design of home vegetable gardens before tilling the soil. Choosing an appropriate site for planting depends on the number of family members consuming the produce, how much time the gardener has to care for plants and available yard space. Well-drained, fertile sandy loam soil and good sun exposure are important for optimum…

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Plant of the Month – Zonal Geranium

Plant of the Month: Zonal Geranium  Article & Photos by Jan Koehler, SCMG  Scientific Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum L.H. Bailey (pro sp.) [inquinans × zonale] Other Common Name: Annual geranium, geranium, Type: Forb/herb, shrub, subshrub Family: Geraniaceae Native Range: South Africa Zone: 9-12 Height: 5-24” Spread: 12-15” Bloom Time: Mid-Spring until hard frost Bloom Description: Flowers can be single (5 petals) or double and come in clear white, pink, salmon, orange, red, magenta, lavender and bi-colors on flower head supported by stalks high above the leaves. Sun: Full…

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Forcing Bulbs

Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Beauty in Winter Article by: Deborah L. Brown and Harold F. Wilkins, University of Minnesota Extension October is the time of the year to begin potting your favorite spring bulbs to prepare them for winter flowering. Tulips, narcissus (daffodils), hyacinths, crocus, scillas, grape hyacinths, and lily of the valley can be forced into flower in late winter and early spring. A pot of tulips on the window sill in February can make a winter-worn gardener renew the desire to survive the…

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