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.
Gardening With The Masters Online Series Returns!
Gardening with the Masters Online is back on Zoom with new programs each 4 th Friday of the month at 10am.
2022 will see some significant changes to the program. Presentations will be short, 15 – 30 minutes maximum, followed by questions and answers and importantly contributions from various master gardeners and the public participating in the call. We want to make these programs as participatory as possible and to reflect the variety approaches to gardening in Sandoval County. Participants are welcome to submit questions on topics prior to the talk as well as during the discussion period.
Gardening with the Masters will be back in the Fall of 2022.
Previous Topics – 2022
Michelle Wittie – SEMG Master Gardeners
January 28, 2022
She spoke about what to know before purchasing a plant and how to care for the plant.
Growing Vegetables from Seed and in Containers
Jim Peters – SEMG Master Gardeners
February 25, 2022
Jim Peters, whose vegetable garden was featured in the 2021 Placitas Garden Tour, will share his vegetable growing expertise. Jim has been an avid fresh vegetable eater and grower since his youth. When he first moved to New Mexico he was in a rental property but continued his love of fresh produce by growing his vegetables in containers. After purchasing a home in Placitas he expanded his vegetable growing in containers and found unique approaches to adapting to the challenges of high altitude and high winds.
Alternative Gardening Techniques
March 25, 2022
Three Sandoval Master Gardeners will discuss the alternative gardening techniques they use to grow vegetables. Presenters will talk about benefits and disadvantages of the various techniques as well as tips for getting started with an alternative gardening technique in your vegetable garden.
Cathryne Richards will discuss her experience with growing vegetables in strawbales. Cathryne is a Lifetime Master Gardener who grows in Placitas.
Kevin Konetzni is an accomplished vegetable gardener who grows in raised beds in Rio Rancho. Kevin became a Sandoval Master Gardener in 2020.
John Zarola, Albuquerque Master Composter and Sandoval Extension Master Gardener since 2008, will discuss No-Till Gardening.
Learn about Landscape Design
Teresa Harner is the owner & designer at Harner Studios Landscape Design and a Sandoval County Master Gardener
April 21, 2022
Teresa Harner is the owner & designer at Harner Studios Landscape Design and a Sandoval County Master Gardener. She will guide you on your way to creating a garden that lures you through the gate and keeps you moving through the landscape. Learn the basics of analyzing your site, developing design concepts, creating a planting composition and much more in order to give your garden a cohesive look.
What Works – A Roundtable Discussion
April 22, 2022
Roundtable discussion of approaches to tackling common, difficult vegetable garden problems like squash bugs and curly top virus.
Previous Topics – 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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