Stella de Oro daylily

by Jan Koehler, SCMG Intern Scientific Name: Hemerocallis sp. cultivar Stella de Oro Other Common Name: Stella d’oro Daylily, Stella d’Oro Daylily, Stella d Oro Daylily Type: Perennial Family: Liliaceae Native Range: Origins in Asia Zone:  3-9 Height: 12” Bloom Time: May-July with potential for repeat blooming in late September-October Bloom Description: Approx 2.75” trumpet shaped; bright yellow Sun: Full sun to light shade, but blooms more profusely in full sun Water: Low Soil: Performs best in high humus soils, but will grow in most…

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Gardening books can be entertaining as well as enlightening

by Cissy Henig, SCMG Intern I think I have almost as many gardening books as I have cookbooks. I read them like novels. Some have absolutely no relevance to where I live or how I garden. But there is nothing more comforting on a cold winter’s day when it is snowing and the roads are bad, as reading about someone’s efforts to turn the earth and grow something. So I have a lot of stories about other peoples’ gardens. I collected Beverley Nichols’ books after…

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Choosing right vines can enhance ‘vertical’ gardening experience

by Jan Koehler, SCMG Intern Although many have expressed the sentiment that planting a tree means believing in the future, many also do not have the patience to wait for that vertical addition to stretch its lofty presence high above the garden floor. As part of the instant gratification population pervasive in our society, I have found vertical gardening in the high desert is much more effective and water-wise by choosing vines that thrive in our growing zone. Vines give “green” interest to my walled…

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Cooperative Extension Offers Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program for 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the NMSU Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training Program for 2016.  The program is designed to train volunteers to educate and inform members of their communities about appropriate, sustainable, and environmentally friendly gardening techniques. The 16-week course will begin on January 12, 2016 and end April 26, 2016.  Classes will be held every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Sandoval County Extension Office located in the Sandoval Court House in the Town of Bernalillo. To…

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The Joy of Garden Math

by Dudley Vines, SCMG Despite what you thought in high school, math can be useful Maybe you think you don’t need math to get by in this world.  And maybe you’re right.  But then again, maybe math can make your life just a little easier. This month, I’ll discuss some useful math concepts that we can use for gardening.  If you’re one of the many who hated math in school and only dealt with it so you could graduate, maybe you’ll see how there might be…

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Get creative with a small garden room

by Jan Koehler Downsizing and relocating half-way across the country to pursue a new life adventure brings with it a certain freedom to discover the possibilities for ensuring that life remains fresh and interesting. Smaller spaces inside and out take less time for the household chores, permitting a creative burst to redefine the living space to satisfy the sense of self.  Frequently, that smaller footprint seems more confining than expected from a visual perspective as well as the emotional challenge of placing the treasures of…

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Plant of the Month: Common Lilac

by Jan Koehler Although lilacs come in many colors, the most familiar is the purple. Common Lilac Scientific Name: Syringa vulgaris Common Name: Lilac Type: Perennial shrub Family: Oleacea Native Range: North America above latitude 48 Zone: 3-7 Height: 20 ft at maturity Bloom Time: Early spring in NM Bloom Description: purple Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium Maintenance: Medium Suggested Use: Specimen planting or hedge Flower: Fragrant Leaf: green with medium texture Attracts: Butterflies Tolerate: CaCO3, pH 5.8- 7.8, moderate drought, and…

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The Violaceae Family

By Jan Koehler, SCMG Intern photo by J. Koehler Competing with their pansy cousins as superstars of the cool season garden, violas are easy to grow, giving that early spring garden a much needed color lift. Newer viola varieties offer larger flower size, along with excellent heat resistance and cold tolerance, for exceptional garden performance. The flower color palette is unsurpassed, offering beautiful pastels and sparkling jewel tones. Some flowers have two, even three colors. Many have unique patterns and markings. The fresh green foliage…

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Plants from seed save money, add variety

By Judy Jacobs, SCMG In the middle of January, when most people are recovering from the holidays and wondering who will play in the Super Bowl, I can be found in my sunroom sorting seeds. We are fortunate to live in New Mexico, but many plants don’t agree with our choice. Before finalizing your selection, consult the extensive resources offered by the Sandoval County Extension Office. This site includes a plant selector, how-to videos and a link to a comprehensive list of publications (desertblooms.nmsu.edu). When…

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Seed2Need – 2014 Lessons Learned, Part II

By Penny Davis, SCMG In Part I, we discussed several problems encountered by Seed2Need over the past five years.  This month, we will discuss one other major problem – blossom end rot – and then we will talk about a few things that have worked well – tomato cages, row cover and plastic mulch. Blossom End Rot:  Every year, Seed2Need has a problem with blossom end rot (BER) at the beginning of the season.  Usually, this problem disappears after the first fruit set but in…

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