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Corrales Garden Project

Volunteers plant and maintain Corrales community garden spaces.  The garden surrounding the Village Offices is a demonstration of plants adapted to clay soils.  Project volunteers also maintain the Mother’s Rose Garden at the Corrales Library.  In the fall of 2020, volunteers will be establishing a Pollinator Garden adjacent to the Corrales Library.

New Beginnings Garden

The New Beginnings garden is a joint garden project the Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners initiated with the Valle del Sol (formerly La Buena Vida) Adult PSR Program in 2011. New Beginnings clients, with assistance & advice from volunteer Master Gardeners, grow vegetables and ornamentals in garden beds. New Beginnings clients sow seeds in small pots in early Spring, nurture them until the sprouts are ready for transplanting, transplant the seedlings into outdoor raised and in-ground garden plots after frost has past, water & fertilize the plants through the growing season, and then as fall approaches harvest the fruits of their labor to enjoy eating them as part of the daily lunch they prepare for themselves. Typical crops include a variety of tomato & pepper plants along with beans, herbs, cantaloupe, squash, watermelon and ornamentals.  Winter and early spring meeting time activities are devoted to indoor plants, related crafts, and garden education/ planning.

Valle del Sol is a non-profit family outpatient behavioral health care organization located in Bernalillo, NM at the Parish Office building of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. New Beginnings participants share a common goal of making positive life changes with the help and support of others.

Volunteers have found this joint project rewarding from the standpoint of being respected horticulture advisors, and trusted teammates of the clients. The New Beginnings clients have found the garden project to be a popular team activity with the common goal of growing healthy plants and producing fresh vegetables. The clients take their turn in the regular maintenance of the gardens based on their abilities.

Placitas Library Garden

The Placitas Library Garden is a wonderful volunteer opportunity, especially for Master Gardeners who live in Placitas, but others are welcome too. The library, in its present location, opened in 2010 as a volunteer- run library. It now has a paid librarian position. The landscaping was designed to focus on native plants and be a garden where the community can see and learn about the plants that grow well in this area. An area near the building was designed, donated and installed by David Salman of High Country Gardens. That area is full of flowers and truly beautiful. Signs have been installed identifying some of the plants and we hope that there will be more in the future.

The Library Board asked for Master Gardener assistance at the beginning of the project and wanted Master Gardeners to be on the Landscape Committee. Two Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners presently serve on the committee and others have helped with the planting and maintenance of the garden.

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1:30 pm Plant Telehealth Clinic by NMSU
Plant Telehealth Clinic by NMSU
Nov 30 @ 1:30 pm – 5:20 pm
Plant Telehealth Clinic by NMSU
Students from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University will host a free virtual plant diagnosis clinic for community members with plant health problems later this month. The 2020[...]
3:00 pm Gardening Gift Ideas
Gardening Gift Ideas
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join the Ready, Set, GROW crew as we share our favorite garden-related books, tools, and gear! Please register online at https://desertblooms.nmsu.edu/ready-set-grow.html
1:30 pm SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Please join the monthly Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Advisory Council meeting. To receive the Zoom invitation please send an email to admin@sandovalmastergardeners.org. 
3:00 pm Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings...
Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings...
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dr. Gill Giese of Extension Plant Sciences will present Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings, & Holiday Wine Pairings.  To register for the event go to https://desertblooms.nmsu.edu/ready-set-grow.html


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