Gardening with the Masters Online

Gardening with the Masters is a long standing public education effort of the Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners. Though we cannot conduct classes in person at this time, we are offering live presentations through zoom.

Please join us for these upcoming topics. If you cannot make the in-person presentation, the slides and videos will be available as soon as possible.

 Upcoming Topics

Gardening with the Masters Online is taking a little time off, while we all work in our gardens and do our best to responsibly counteract the effects of the drought.  We look forward to rejoining you with new and interesting topics in the future.  In the meantime, please enjoy the recorded presentations and related materials below.

If you need help with a problem in your own garden, please contact the SEMG Email Helpline.

Previous Topics

Watering Healthy Trees
Richard Perce – Irrigation Efficiency Specialist – Conservation, Water Resources Division Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.
June 23, 2021

Richard walks you through understanding the main components that determine your watering choices.  How much?  When?  & Where?  We also look at specifics concerning conifers and fruit trees, as well as selecting the best watering option for your specific site.

Watering Healthy Trees — 45:26
Watering Healthy Trees slides
Watering Healthy Trees resources
“Water Right Now to Save Trees” information sheet

Doing More with Less
Julie Valdez – Water Use and Conservation Bureau Chief – NM State Engineer Office
June 9, 2021

This presentation provides tips on how to maintain a beautiful landscape during a drought.  Then learn how to use existing tools designed towards the wise use of water for a healthy, water conserving landscape.

Doing More with Less – 48:41
Doing More with Less slides
Doing More with Less resources

Bosque Tree Health
Matthew Peterson – Albuquerque Biopark’s Botanic Garden & Heritage Farm Manager
May 26, 2021

Matthew discusses the effects of drought on bosque tree health and what management agencies are doing in regards to invasive species control and the subsequent habitat restoration efforts to support the silvery minnow and SW Willow flycatcher in the Middle Rio Grande.

Bosque Tree Health – 42:37
Bosque Tree Health slides
Bosque Tree Health Resources

Companion Plants for your Vegetable Garden
Bernalillo County Extension Agent Sara Moran
May 12, 2021

Explore the fascinating world of plant relationships and ways you can improve your vegetable garden with companion plants.

Companion Plants for your Vegetable Garden – 36:45
Companion Plants for your Vegetable Garden slides
Companion Plants for your Vegetable Garden resources

Tree and Shrub Protective Maintenance in Preparation of the Drought
Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Sandra Liakus
April 30, 2021

Drought is stressful for your trees and shrubs and can make them susceptible to a variety of insect predation and disease.  Learn strategies to protect both trees and shrubs in this presentation.

Tree and Shrub Maintenance in Drought Conditions – 2:16:41
Tree and Shrub Maintenance in Drought Conditions Slides
Tree and Shrub Maintenance in Drought Conditions Resources

Raised Bed Gardening
Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Kevin Konetzni
April 20, 2021

A major advantage of raised bed gardening is the ability to extend your growing season.  If you have poor soil conditions, raised beds allow for better control.  And of course, raised beds can save a lot of wear and tear on the back.

Raised Bed Gardening – 34:18
Raised Bed Gardening slides

Growing Tomatoes in the Desert Southwest
Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Sam Thompson
April 13, 2021

The challenges facing the tomato grower in the desert southwest include heat, intense wind, high UVs, low fertility and a variety of pests and disease.  Discouraged?  You don’t need to be because there are helpful strategies that can allow you to grow tasty tomatoes in your backyard..

Growing Tomatoes in the Desert SW – 1:10:15
Growing Tomatoes in the Desert SW Slides
Growing Tomatoes in the Desert SW handout

Management of Common Garden Pests
Valencia County Extension Interim Director Lynda Garvin
April 6, 2021

Aphids on your roses?  Concerned about those giant huge worms that devour your tomato plants?  Join us to learn what you can do to keep your garden plants healthy this season.

Management of Common Garden Pests — 58:52
Management of Common Garden Pest Slides, Part 1 and Part 2

Home Composting Basics
Bernalillo County Master Composter John Zarola
March 31, 2021

Learn the basics of composting as a way to improve and enrich your garden soil.

Home Composting Basics — 1:14:51
Home Composting Basics Slides
Home Composting Basics Resources

Roses in the Desert
Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Kate Shadock
March 17, 2021

NM has both unique advantages and challenges for roses, even if you have successfully grown them elsewhere. This presentation is geared to help you understand selection, planting, and care of your roses.

Roses in the Desert Video — 1:09:20
Roses in the Desert slides
Roses Reference Sheet

Seed Starting
Sandoval Extension Lifetime Master Gardener Judy Jacobs
March 3, 2021

Starting plants from seed is a great way to add diversity to your garden and save money doing it.  The lecture will cover seed starting equipment and resources, the process of growing seedlings indoors, and how to acclimatize them to the outdoors.

Starting Seeds Video 1:27:24
Starting Seeds slides Part 1 and Part 2
Judy Jacobs’ Seed Envelope Label PDF and spreadsheet

Amending Desert Garden Soil
Master Composter John Zarola
February 23, 2021

Desert climate impacts desert soil characteristics.  Knowing your soil leads to activities which improve its fertility.  Maneuvers and suggestions will be discussed to augment desert soil fertility.

Amending Desert Garden Soil Video 1:33:44
Amending Desert Garden Soil Slides Part 1 and Part 2
Amending Desert Garden Soil Considerations handout

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