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~Mosquitoes~As we begin preparing our fall gardens, it’s important to remember that mosquito season is still in full swi...
09/08/2020

~Mosquitoes~
As we begin preparing our fall gardens, it’s important to remember that mosquito season is still in full swing. Mosquitoes are pollinators. Mosquitoes are disease carriers as well. The attached links contain safety tips while gardening among these critters.

https://mosquitosafari.tamu.edu/

https://www.google.com/amp/spotlightepnews.com/2020/06/03/mosquito-borne-disease-season-begins-in-el-paso/amp/

https://www.prevention.com/health/g20513318/stop-mosquito-bites/

https://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/how-it-works/the-bizarre-and-ecologically-important-hidden-lives-of-mosquitoes/

Please keep in mind that in our Southwest home, hummingbirds are still visiting.  Some might even overwinter with us.  A...
09/08/2020

Please keep in mind that in our Southwest home, hummingbirds are still visiting. Some might even overwinter with us. All migrating birds migrate when Nature gives them cues to do so. Don't worry that feeding them will keep them from migrating when the time comes.
Photo credit : Wild Birds Unlimited

09/06/2020
El Paso Master Gardeners

I bought my very first African Violet ever about a week ago. Because I am not well versed in how to care for it, I was searching for information to help me care for it. I came across this video that teaches how to propagate them from a leaf. I will definitely be trying this out. Hope you all enjoy watching this video. By the way, you might have to click on the microphone icon on the bottom right corner if you don't hear anything at first.
https://www.facebook.com/148950588460436/videos/418724232279494/?__so__=channel_tab&__rv__=all_videos_card

Jan teaches us how to propagate African Violets.

El Paso gardeners and newcomers to El Paso, did you know that there are quite a few bulb flowers that do extremely well ...
09/06/2020
Seasonal Color with Bulbs in El Paso

El Paso gardeners and newcomers to El Paso, did you know that there are quite a few bulb flowers that do extremely well in our region ? Check out this link to learn more about which varieties do best here and how to care for them. Mid
September to October is a good time to get them planted.
https://txmg.org/elpaso/learn/gardening-in-el-paso-articles/seasonal-color-with-bulbs-in-el-paso/

by Sarah Wood, El Paso Master Gardener “Bulb” is a general term often used to describe all types of plants that are capable of gathering and storing nutrients in a specialized underground storage s…

09/05/2020
~Garden Humor~
09/05/2020

~Garden Humor~

~Garden Humor~
09/05/2020

~Garden Humor~

~Upcycle Gardening~Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials,...
09/04/2020

~Upcycle Gardening~

Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products perceived to be of greater quality, such as artistic value or environmental value. (Wikipedia)

It’s the dog or a creative way to garden. This old dog run was purchased for $40.
Let the transformation begin.

09/02/2020

September Gardening Tips

Sow seeds of snapdragons, dianthus, pansies, and other winter flowers in flats for planting outdoors during October.

Continue to dig and divide spring flowering bulbs and perennials such as daffodil, iris, daylily, ajuga, liriope, and canna.

Prepare beds for spring flowering bulbs as soon as possible. Incorporate organic matter to improve drainage to prevent bulbs from rotting when planted.

Plant leaf and root vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, spinach, and lettuce late in the month.

This month or early next month, sow seeds of wildflowers into weed-free, well-tilled soil.

Rejuvenate heat-stressed flowering annuals, perennials and roses for the fall season by lightly pruning and fertilizing them. This includes (but is not limited to) geraniums, petunias, begonias, chrysanthemums, lantanas, verbenas, roses and salvias.

In my personal garden which is mostly a wildlife / pollinator garden, I have sown dill weed seeds for the swallow tail b...
09/02/2020

In my personal garden which is mostly a wildlife / pollinator garden, I have sown dill weed seeds for the swallow tail butterflies. I might keep some for myself as well. 😁 If you are interested in growing some yourself, check out this link for a publication with lots of useful information to help you do so.

Photo source: Flickr, by photographer Manu

https://cdn-ext.agnet.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/EHT-053-easy-gardening-dill.pdf

Our primary purpose is to supply our followers with helpful, research based horticulture information so our followers ca...
09/02/2020

Our primary purpose is to supply our followers with helpful, research based horticulture information so our followers can have a successful gardening experience. It is with great enthusiasm that we share one of our follower's raised bed success. Mitchell Rose Bear Don't Walk asked us for help with bringing a neglected raised bed back to life. Photos of the before, during and after phase were recently sent to us. The bed is currently sporting sunflowers, squash, chives, chiles and rosemary. Way to go, Mitchel Rose Bear Don't Walk ! 👩‍🌾🧑‍🌾 Thank you so much for sharing with us and allowing us to share your hard earned success.

White pumpkin at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden
09/01/2020

White pumpkin at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden

Goings on in the greenhouse at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden
09/01/2020

Goings on in the greenhouse at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden

I am always intrigued by this Ladybug legend.  Whatever the cause for their existence may be, they are wonderful little ...
08/30/2020

I am always intrigued by this Ladybug legend. Whatever the cause for their existence may be, they are wonderful little creatures to have in our pest management arsenal.

Source: unknown

~11 Facts About Praying Mantises~1. They Have Great Vision2. They Are Head Turners3. They Are Agile Like Cats4. They Mak...
08/29/2020

~11 Facts About Praying Mantises~

1. They Have Great Vision
2. They Are Head Turners
3. They Are Agile Like Cats
4. They Make Swift Work of Their Prey
5. They Are Masters of Disguise
6. They Only Eat Live Food
7. They Are Ambitious Predators
8. They Do Have Predators of Their Own
9. They Battle with Bats
10. They Were Once Thought to Have Special Powers
11. They Engage in Risky Sex

https://www.treehugger.com/wondrous-facts-about-praying-mantises-4858807

Spokane Master Gardener Foundation
08/27/2020

Spokane Master Gardener Foundation

A highly magnified image of a Monarch butterfly egg

Image via Sciencephotography.com

UCCE Sacramento County Master Gardeners
08/27/2020

UCCE Sacramento County Master Gardeners

Work on the pathways in the Accessible Garden area at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden
08/27/2020

Work on the pathways in the Accessible Garden area at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden

Male pumpkin flower at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden
08/27/2020

Male pumpkin flower at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden

Teddy bear sunflower in the pollinator canoe at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden
08/27/2020

Teddy bear sunflower in the pollinator canoe at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden

Zinnias in the pollinator canoe at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden
08/27/2020

Zinnias in the pollinator canoe at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden

08/27/2020

Pruning my basil plant so as to keep it from getting woody. Woody basil plants make for bitter tasting basil.

08/26/2020
Nifty

This might just be a Labor Day weekend project for me this year. 😁

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DIY Terra-Cotta Storage Bin 🌸🌻🌷

Full instructions: http://bzfd.it/2aWZn4K

Lots of squash at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden today!
08/24/2020

Lots of squash at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden today!

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Master Gardeners are volunteers who have completed at least 60 hours of horticultural education. They are trained to offer research-based, practical solutions to gardening challenges. Master Gardeners volunteer thousands of hours to the El Paso community in a variety of settings including the plant question hotline, plant clinics, Farmers' Markets and the UTEP Centennial Museum Native Plant Sale.

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