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

April 20    2:00 pm
Raised Bed Gardening
Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Kevin Konetzni

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. Click here to register online.

April 30    10:00 am
Tree and Shrub Protective Maintenance in Preparation of the Drought
Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Sandra Liakus

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. Click here to register online.

May 26    2:00 pm
Bosque Tree Health
Albuquerque Biopark’s Botanic Garden & Heritage Farm Manager Matt Peterson

Matt will talk about 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. Click here to register online.

Previous Topics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Intern Training – Weeds
Intern Training – Weeds
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Start time for “live” classes is 1:00. For pre-recorded lectures, interns can view the videos as soon as it is posted. The pre-recorded lectures should be posted on Tuesday mornings. This class will focus on[...]
2:00 pm Raised Bed Gardening @ via Zoom
Raised Bed Gardening @ via Zoom
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Raised Bed Gardening with Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Kevin Konetzni. A major advantage of raised bed gardening is the ability extent your growing season. If you have poor soil conditions raised beds allow for better[...]
3:00 pm Pollinator Series @ via Zoom
Pollinator Series @ via Zoom
Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
We’re turning April into Pollinator Month!   Learn all about pollinator conservation and pollinator habitat in grassland and agricultural settings.   Speakers will present on a variety of topics from butterflies and bees to restoring[...]
3:00 pm Ready, Set, Grow! Grapevine Main... @ via Zoom
Ready, Set, Grow! Grapevine Main... @ via Zoom
Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Ready, Set, Grow – Grapevine Maintenance by Gill Giese For more information, email at


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