El Paso Master Gardeners

El Paso Master Gardeners Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Master Gardener volunteers provide research based horticultural information to the public.

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~Hoop Houses Are In & Planted!~This last week we planted lettuce greens, spinach and kale in our raised bed hoop houses....
10/28/2021

~Hoop Houses Are In & Planted!~
This last week we planted lettuce greens, spinach and kale in our raised bed hoop houses. The weather is still a bit warm for the hoop house but the plants do not appear to be bothered with short periods of high temps inside. They all look happy and healthy and ready to get down to business! : ) Have you built your own raised bed hoop house yet? Let us know if you have. We would love to hear about it and what you will be growing in it this fall. : )

~Hoop Houses Are In & Planted!~
This last week we planted lettuce greens, spinach and kale in our raised bed hoop houses. The weather is still a bit warm for the hoop house but the plants do not appear to be bothered with short periods of high temps inside. They all look happy and healthy and ready to get down to business! : ) Have you built your own raised bed hoop house yet? Let us know if you have. We would love to hear about it and what you will be growing in it this fall. : )

~Sweet Potato Garden Adventure~ Update from the AgriLife GardenWe are 87 days in and counting, on our late summer planti...
10/27/2021

~Sweet Potato Garden Adventure~ Update from the AgriLife Garden

We are 87 days in and counting, on our late summer planting of sweet potatoes, made possible because of vine cuttings we got from the Ascarate Garden before they harvested. The vines are looking beautiful and healthy and displaying their morning glory type blooms. We are keeping our 🤞, hoping the frost will hold off another 3-4 weeks to get us well within that 90-120 day harvest window! We are getting excited as this harvest will be the icing on the cake of a great produce season. And, if they do give us some nice sweet potatoes, it expands our range of growing opportunities! Stay tuned for more tator updates! : )

~Update from the AgriLife Garden~Our stake trellised yellow zucchini are taking advantage of these last few warmer days ...
10/27/2021

~Update from the AgriLife Garden~
Our stake trellised yellow zucchini are taking advantage of these last few warmer days and valiantly doing their best to bloom and produce despite battling some powdery mildew and a few aphids. With the heavy vine stems tied to the stakes to keep them up in the air, pruning off the older, ragged leaves in this process helps the plants stay somewhat ahead of mildew, giving them more time. I love the look of these plants standing majestically upright. They look like tiny palm trees! Lol We will leave them in the ground and continue to tend them. We are beyond the production aspect. We are observing and learning.

Photo credit: Dinner Tonight, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
10/27/2021

Photo credit: Dinner Tonight, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Photo credit: Dinner Tonight, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Photo credit: Dinner Tonight, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
10/27/2021

Photo credit: Dinner Tonight, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Photo credit: Dinner Tonight, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

If you are not leaving the leaves in place for beneficial critters, maybe you can use them in one of the ways listed in ...
10/24/2021
Three tips to recycle fall leaves - AgriLife Today

If you are not leaving the leaves in place for beneficial critters, maybe you can use them in one of the ways listed in this article. They can be mulched and left on the lawn/turf; used as mulch in your garden; used in your compost bin. Check out the link for further details.

Clever, environmentally friendly uses of fallen leaves include free fertilizer, mulch, nutrient-rich compost

Pumpkin patch humor just because. 😄
10/24/2021

Pumpkin patch humor just because. 😄

Pumpkin patch humor just because. 😄

10/22/2021

~Summer Season Coming To An End~
Our summer growing season will officially end this next week. We have had a good season, with some of veggies still refusing to quit, giving us a nice harvest of bell peppers, chilies, okra, eggplant and 1-2 zucchini! It can be a hard choice to put a garden area to bed for the winter when plants are still trying so hard to fulfill their mission. It touches a gardeners heart sometimes at how strong and determined plants can be. : )

-Student Volunteers~The Rose Garden was blessed this weekend with a little extra assistance. We had student volunteers f...
10/18/2021

-Student Volunteers~
The Rose Garden was blessed this weekend with a little extra assistance. We had student volunteers from Mission Early College and Americas High Schools helping to clean and w**d the grounds..😊

~AgriLife Hoop Update!~Well.... just when ya think you have them all fixed up, painted, set on the bed and ready to go, ...
10/16/2021

~AgriLife Hoop Update!~
Well.... just when ya think you have them all fixed up, painted, set on the bed and ready to go, then you discover that one of the vents has come loose and is trying to fall apart! But our garden co-chair and Mr. Fix-it, Rex Morris, came to the rescue and got that vent seated securely back into place! Thanks Rex!! : )

~They’re Back!~It’s Raised Bed Hoop House Time at the Agrilife Garden! : )Our 2 raised bed hoop houses have gotten some ...
10/16/2021

~They’re Back!~
It’s Raised Bed Hoop House Time at the Agrilife Garden! : )

Our 2 raised bed hoop houses have gotten some much needed maintenance: i.e., a new coat of protective sealer paint and re-securing furring strips around the plastic where shorter staples have backed out. They are now ready to assume their positions on the raised bed so we can get some fall veggies planted. Whats next?! A day trip to Sierra Vista Growers to buy some transplants!

Want more information on how to build your own raised bed hoop house? Please follow the link below.

The Raised Bed Hoop House
https://txmg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/elpaso/files/2020/07/The-Raised-Bed-Hoop-House-El-Paso-TX_printable-PDF.pdf

~Teamwork & Collaboration ~The EPCMG and Emergence Health Network recently joined forces to produce videos in both Engli...
10/16/2021

~Teamwork & Collaboration ~
The EPCMG and Emergence Health Network recently joined forces to produce videos in both English and Spanish at the Ascarate Teaching and Demonstration Garden.
The Speakers spoke on the benefits of Gardening for Mental Wellness.
These videos will be posted on the Emergence website and a link will be provided to the Master Gardeners Association.

Thanks to all participants for your contributions.

Members of the El Paso County Master Gardeners made a great contribution to the Recent Home and Garden show.  Five prese...
10/16/2021

Members of the El Paso County Master Gardeners made a great contribution to the Recent Home and Garden show. Five presentations were made by Master Gardeners to the public on the main stage. Thanks to all these individuals for their contributions.

~12 Ways To Sell Your Market Garden Produce~https://www.grit.com/farm-and-garden/sell-your-products-ze0z1412zcalt/Are yo...
10/14/2021
Grit

~12 Ways To Sell Your Market Garden Produce~

https://www.grit.com/farm-and-garden/sell-your-products-ze0z1412zcalt/

Are you thinking that you might want to give market gardening a try next spring or even this fall & winter? If so, there are many things to consider in your planning. Right now is the best time to consider and plan on who you will be selling to, how and where you plan to sell all that hard worked for produce you will be harvesting, and what varieties of veggies you will need to grow to best satisfy the needs and demands of your local customers. Growing a large variety of vegetables is not always the best choice if you do not have customer demand. Follow the link below to learn more about many different ways to sell your market garden veggies that will help insure a successful productive season!

Discover twelve ways to market and sell your products.

This might just describe the relationship that some of us gardeners have with the "little guys" that are beneficial to o...
10/13/2021

This might just describe the relationship that some of us gardeners have with the "little guys" that are beneficial to our gardens and the environment in general. 🐝🐛🦋🐞🐜🦗🕷🦎

This might just describe the relationship that some of us gardeners have with the "little guys" that are beneficial to our gardens and the environment in general. 🐝🐛🦋🐞🐜🦗🕷🦎

Click on this link for an excellent article by the Xerces Society, that advocates for leaving leaves in place until earl...
10/13/2021
Leave the Leaves to Benefit Wildlife | Xerces Society

Click on this link for an excellent article by the Xerces Society, that advocates for leaving leaves in place until early Spring.
https://xerces.org/blog/leave-leaves-to-benefit-wildlife

For many people fall cleanup means cutting all the seed heads and stems off the flowers and raking up all of the leaves. This tidiness may look nice to us, but it is not good for all of the small creatures that live in and around your property. #leavetheleaves

Everything you need to know about planting spinach and other leafy greens. Click on the link to open up the document.htt...
10/11/2021

Everything you need to know about planting spinach and other leafy greens. Click on the link to open up the document.
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/files/2020/08/EHT-125.pdf

Everything you need to know about planting spinach and other leafy greens. Click on the link to open up the document.
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/files/2020/08/EHT-125.pdf

Now is the time to plant garlic as well as leaf and root vegetables. Transplants of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage ca...
10/10/2021

Now is the time to plant garlic as well as leaf and root vegetables. Transplants of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage can be planted in well-draining soil.

Sunday, October 17…12-3PMDuring our Fall Open House at the Municipal Rose Garden, we will have an Information Table stoc...
10/10/2021
Fall Open House at the Municipal Rose Garden

Sunday, October 17…12-3PM
During our Fall Open House at the Municipal Rose Garden, we will have an Information Table stocked with free horticulture based publications. We will also be available to answer any gardening questions visitors have. In addition, Master Gardeners will be demonstrating how to deadhead roses; and members of the El Paso Rose Society will be present as well.
https://txmg.org/elpaso/event/fall-open-house-at-the-municipal-rose-garden/

You’re invited to our first fall season Open House at the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden on October 17, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. During October and November, the rose garden displays its final d…

~ Kids Korner All Set And Ready To Play~Fall Home & Garden ShowYou’re invited to visit and enjoy the El Paso Master Gard...
10/01/2021

~ Kids Korner All Set And Ready To Play~
Fall Home & Garden Show
You’re invited to visit and enjoy the El Paso Master Gardeners’ Kids Korner!
We’re featuring fun gardening-related activities such as a Worm and Happy Soil Education Station, the Are You Smarter than an Insect? trivia game, a Seed Guessing game, and the fabulous Read & Grow Garden and Library!

We will be open Saturday 10a-6p and Sunday 11a-5p (no activities Friday).

~ Fall Home and Garden Show~The El Paso County Master Gardeners will be at the Fall Home and Garden Show this weekend Oc...
10/01/2021

~ Fall Home and Garden Show~
The El Paso County Master Gardeners will be at the Fall Home and Garden Show this weekend Oct 1-3, 2021.
The Kids Corner will have lots of activities for the children and the Information Table will once again be answering questions on all types gardening.

~The Very Busy Spider~ Saturday, October 2Webinar-Read & Grow with Master Gardeners in Collaboration with Books Are Gems...
10/01/2021
Webinar–Read & Grow with Master Gardeners in Collaboration with Books Are GEMS

~The Very Busy Spider~
Saturday, October 2
Webinar-Read & Grow with Master Gardeners in Collaboration with Books Are Gems
https://txmg.org/elpaso/event/webinar-read-grow-with-master-gardeners-in-collaboration-with-books-are-gems-4/

This Month’s Story Time Book   Join El Paso Master Gardener Simon Chandler on October 2 on Zoom (web link below) for our fun, live book reading. For this month’s Read & Grow with Master Ga…

~Accessible Gardening for Life~Late summer and fall are great times to plan and build a new garden. But for some of us w...
10/01/2021
Accessible Gardening for Life

~Accessible Gardening for Life~
Late summer and fall are great times to plan and build a new garden. But for some of us with physical limitations, working in a garden can be a huge issue. So just how do you make a garden more safe, comfortable and inviting; a peaceful place to be? Its all about the design and accessibility. To learn more, follow the link below and imagine the possibilities through Accessible Gardening for Life! : ) Your likes, comments and questions are welcome and appreciated. Please share the video with other gardeners that are also wanting to make their garden more accessible!

Accessible Gardening for Life
https://youtu.be/ueX39FCpmy4

Most gardeners agree that gardening is good for the mind, body and spirit. However, for many people with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges, complet...

Our poinsettia sale is back this year!  All orders and check payment must be received by end of day October 23, 2021.  T...
09/30/2021

Our poinsettia sale is back this year! All orders and check payment must be received by end of day October 23, 2021. The photo images will provide all the necessary information if you are interested in ordering a beauty or two or more for yourself. Just click on each photo to expand it.
** Only checks will be accepted with the orders

Tori Schafer shared her unpleasant find of this flathead wood borer larvae in her ornamental cherry tree.  She noticed t...
09/29/2021

Tori Schafer shared her unpleasant find of this flathead wood borer larvae in her ornamental cherry tree. She noticed that her tree was looking sad, so she conducted an inspection of one of its dead branches. After inspecting it, she found this ugly little borer larvae burrowed inside the dead branch and numerous bores in other branches of the same tree. Once she identified this pest, she made the decision to remove and burn the tree. Sorry for your loss, Tori. May you have a much better experience with whatever you choose to plant in your cherry tree's vacated space. If you'd like to learn more about this pest, click on the below link:https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5320268.pdf

09/28/2021

~All Star Producers~
Some of the “Veggie Stars” still preforming at the AgriLife Garden!

09/27/2021

~No More Tomatoes~
Information & Photo Credit…Bev Clark
AgriLife Garden Harvest Update!

A kind of sadness fell on the garden crew today as there are no more tomatoes in the garden to harvest now. No more home grown maters for mater sammiches, salsa’s and sauces! : (

But! We are still harvesting nice amounts of eggplant, Mexican & green zucchini, including our first little yellow gr***de zucchini, green & purple bell peppers, jalapeños, Habaneros, Hungarian Wax peppers, orange, yellow & red snacking peppers, okra & purple hull peas! : ) Yipee! We will keep harvesting from these amazing plants until frost! How much are you still harvesting?!

Did you miss out on purchasing native plants during the Flora Fest sale earlier this year?   Well, you will get one more...
09/27/2021

Did you miss out on purchasing native plants during the Flora Fest sale earlier this year? Well, you will get one more chance to buy them at the first ever Fall Flora Fest sale on October 9th. Check out the below link for further details. By the way, Fall is the perfect time to transplants new shrubs, trees and certain flowers.
https://www.utep.edu/centennial-museum/chihuahuan-desert-gardens/florafest-fall2021.html

Did you miss out on purchasing native plants during the Flora Fest sale earlier this year? Well, you will get one more chance to buy them at the first ever Fall Flora Fest sale on October 9th. Check out the below link for further details. By the way, Fall is the perfect time to transplants new shrubs, trees and certain flowers.
https://www.utep.edu/centennial-museum/chihuahuan-desert-gardens/florafest-fall2021.html

The El Paso County Master Gardeners are at the El Paso Zoo today participating in the Chihuahua Desert Fiesta. The Maste...
09/25/2021

The El Paso County Master Gardeners are at the El Paso Zoo today participating in the Chihuahua Desert Fiesta. The Master Gardeners and Interns are answering all types of gardening questions as well as providing activities for the children in the Youth Outreach section.

09/25/2021

~Honey, I shrunk the butterflies?!~
Western Pygmy Blue

The other day an MG friend and I were surprised with a wonderful flurry of what seemed like tiny butterflies happily fluttering over the blooms of a pot of dwarf ice plant. They were definitely a challenge to photograph, hence the short video, and a couple of pictures I cropped to enlarge. Looking close we could see that their wings were butterfly-like and they had wonderful, colorful patterns on them. But were they butterflies? YES! These tiny little critters are pygmy butterflies! Have you ever seen any?

Saturday morning western.
09/25/2021

Saturday morning western.

Saturday morning western.

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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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