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On this Veteran's Day, El Paso County Master Gardeners send out our warmest wishes and gratitude to all Veterans.  May y...
11/11/2020

On this Veteran's Day, El Paso County Master Gardeners send out our warmest wishes and gratitude to all Veterans. May you have a wonderful day to celebrate yourselves as well.

Photo credit :  Unknown, from Google stock images
11/11/2020

Photo credit : Unknown, from Google stock images

11/11/2020

November Gardening Tips

This month, you can still transplant shrubs and trees; set out cool-season bedding plants, such as pansies, violas, snapdragons, dianthus, and flowering kale; drain gasoline from lawn mowers and other power garden tools and run the engine until fuel in the carburetor is used up; drain and store any garden hoses and watering equipment that will not be used again until next spring; perform winterizing maintenance on your garden tools and several other tasks. Check out the link for more details.
https://txmg.org/elpaso/monthly-gardening-tips/november/

~Gardening Tips For Those With Allergies~Garden when pollen counts are not high. Peak pollen times depend on the plant, ...
11/11/2020
Gardening with Allergies

~Gardening Tips For Those With Allergies~

Garden when pollen counts are not high. Peak pollen times depend on the plant, the weather and your location. Watch your local forecast, and talk with an allergist, who can identify which plants trigger your symptoms and provide practical tips and treatment options tailored to your situation.

Take allergy medications before you begin gardening rather than after symptoms start.

Wear a mask to limit exposure. An allergist can help you find the type of mask that works best.

Avoid touching your face and eyes while working outdoors.

Watch for rain showers to temporarily clear pollen from the air. Brief thunderstorms, however, can actually increase pollen counts.

Wash hands often and rinse eyes with cool water after coming indoors to remove clinging pollen.

Shower and wash hair at night to prevent pollens from getting into bedding.

https://acaai.org/gardening-allergies

Wind-borne pollinating plants, including trees, grasses and weeds, are most likely to cause a seasonal allergic reaction. They produce pollen that is light and released in large quantities that can be easily inhaled.

~Goathead Weeds~Information about goat head weeds was posted earlier this summer. However, recent experience has caused ...
11/10/2020

~Goathead Weeds~
Information about goat head weeds was posted earlier this summer. However, recent experience has caused me to repeat the post.

I recently assisted a neighbor in removing goathead weeds from their rock lawn. They were spread out everywhere, but there really weren’t many plants. It was the size of the weeds that were of concern. Their limbs were at least 3 feet long, some longer. We used plyers to pull the taproot completely from the ground and bagged the entire weed. Left behind...hundreds of seeds.

The war wages on!

https://www.nazinvasiveplants.org/goathead

https://www.westtexasorganicgardening.com/goathead/

Extension Master Gardener
11/09/2020

Extension Master Gardener

Did you know that Goji berries, often touted as a "superfruit", can be grown in much of North America? Indeed, you might enjoy adding this exotic shrub to your garden! Learn more about goji cultivation from these Extension resources.

Growing Goji Berries, the Latest “Superfruit”, LSU Ag Center Extension: https://bit.ly/38c1G4f

Goji Berry—a Novel Nutraceutical “Superfruit” for Florida Master Gardeners: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1391

Growing Goji Berries, University of Arizona Coop Extension: https://bit.ly/38phW27

Growing Goji, Utah State University Extension: https://bit.ly/38dAHFh

Goji Berry Culture, PennState Extension: https://bit.ly/3mWskSX

Image: Mongolian Goji Berries by Johnny MrNinja, CC BY 2.0
~MB

Longwood Gardens
11/09/2020

Longwood Gardens

Our Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum is one of the most time-intensive and skillful feats of horticulture that we undertake here at Longwood. Nurturing and training this single plant to grow into a perfect form with a single bloom at the end of each stem is a painstaking process that begins at least 17 months before it is ready for display.

This is our 25th year growing the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum. Our growers have periodically traveled to Japan to advance our understanding of this rare, ancient art form referred to as Ozukuri.

Thousand bloom mums are mostly grown by expert growers for presentation at chrysanthemum festivals all over Japan during the month of November. This time last year, Specialty Grower Amanda Galano, along with three of her colleagues, traveled to Tokyo to get a first-hand insight into the art and culture of Ozukuri. Amanda and her team took a week-long tour of various chrysanthemum festivals around the island of Honshu and brought back many invaluable ideas and practices. And this authenticity certainly shows in the final result. Scroll through to see for yourself!

Our Earth
11/09/2020

Our Earth

Why not follow our new page for fun, informative and interesting content every day! >>>> Our World

Giant Groundsels, prehistoric plants found on top of Mt Kilimanjaro

11/09/2020
UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

Garden Visitor: Garter Snake - Thamnophis sp. Often called 'Garden Snake', presumably because they are often found in the garden, but the true name of this snake species is Gartersnake (or Garter Snake). The Gartersnake is non-poisonous (no venom) snake, so they are not dangerous for humans or pets. Master Gardeners at Martial Cottle Park are always happy to see Garter or Gopher snakes, because they are natural predators providing IPM (Integrated Pest Management) services of rodent control. Most rodents that we consider pests are a perfect meal for a Gartersnake, so instead of being scared when you see a snake think of it as your ally in pest control, and let that snake pass by unharmed. More information about the regional varieties of Gartersnake that can be found in California are listed here: http://www.californiaherps.com/identification/snakesid/gartersnakes.id.html Video by Master Gardener Judy Hecht.

Leaf Sheep: The Only Animal That Can Photosynthesize
11/09/2020
Leaf Sheep: The Only Animal That Can Photosynthesize

Leaf Sheep: The Only Animal That Can Photosynthesize

These little critters look like plants, but they’re actually animals. Leaf sheep are one of the strangest kinds of animals on the planet. They look like a farm animal, act like a plant, and live in the sea! The little sea slugs are technically animals, but like plants, they get […]

Aldo Leopold Foundation
11/09/2020

Aldo Leopold Foundation

As November's winds serenade the outdoors, do you have plans to make your own music throughout the coming winter? What will it sound like? #MondayMotivation

11/07/2020
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~Deciduous Trees~In the fields of horticulture and botany, the term deciduous means "falling off at maturity" and "tendi...
11/07/2020

~Deciduous Trees~

In the fields of horticulture and botany, the term deciduous means "falling off at maturity" and "tending to fall off", in reference to trees and shrubs that seasonally shed leaves, usually in the autumn; to the shedding of petals, after flowering; and to the shedding of ripe fruit. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deciduous

Adenium arabicum.  Common name of Desert Rose.  It is a member of the rose family.  True or False?The answer is FALSE.  ...
11/04/2020

Adenium arabicum. Common name of Desert Rose. It is a member of the rose family. True or False?

The answer is FALSE. "It is in the Asclepiadaceae, or milkweed family, which, besides our garden milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) includes the common garden periwinkle, oleander (frequently used as floriferous landscape shrubs in mild climates such as Florida and southern California), the spiny Madagascar palm (which, or course, isn’t a palm at all), the fragrant frangipani, or Plumeria which is grown worldwide in tropical climates, and a myriad of African succulents with bizarre, often stinky, star-shaped flowers, collectively referred to as stapeliads....Adenium is a small group of plants known from dry climates in subSaharan Africa and the very southern part of the Arabian Peninsula." ( A Horticulture Information article from the Wisconsin Master Gardener website, posted 8 Feb 2013 )
The pictured adenium (adenium arabicum) species, as its name suggests, orginates from the Arabian Peninsula, especially Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The other species, Adenium obesum, hails from dry climates in sub Saharan Africa.

Source material : A Horticulture Information article from the Wisconsin Master Gardener website, posted 8 Feb 2013, Dan Mah

Well, this is certainly the case for me...only I am a dog person with a stray cat in my backyard.
11/04/2020

Well, this is certainly the case for me...only I am a dog person with a stray cat in my backyard.

Harvest from Ascarate Teaching and Demonstration Garden. (Oct 2020)
11/04/2020

Harvest from Ascarate Teaching and Demonstration Garden. (Oct 2020)

It might be difficult to buy in to the practice of leaving leaves on the ground.  If you want to help pollinators like b...
11/02/2020

It might be difficult to buy in to the practice of leaving leaves on the ground. If you want to help pollinators like bees, learning to do so would be a lifesaving act for them.
Source: U.S. State Department - OES

Please #LeaveTheLeaves! After helping #pollinators all year, don't accidentally remove vital habitat by discarding fallen leaves in autumn. Leaf litter provides important winter protection for native bees, butterflies, and other insects, so we encourage you to rake leaves off the grass and spread them in your garden or a corner of your yard instead! 🍂

📷 Martin Pettitt

Interesting read about Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebratory custom.  Monarch butterflies and marigold flowers pl...
11/02/2020

Interesting read about Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebratory custom. Monarch butterflies and marigold flowers play a big part in this Hispanic custom.
Source: U.S. State Department - OES

Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico 1 – 2 November, around the same time that Monarch butterflies arrive at their overwintering grounds in Mexico. During this holiday families welcome back the souls of departed loved ones, and these #pollinators are believed by some to carry the souls home, so you often see the butterflies in costumes and decorations.

📸: Secretaría de Cultura Ciudad de México

10/31/2020
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~Extreme Cold Weather Affects Plants Differently~Here’s how different plants react to extreme winter weather:Tropical an...
10/31/2020
How to Protect Your Garden from Freezing Temperatures | Today's Homeowner

~Extreme Cold Weather Affects Plants Differently~

Here’s how different plants react to extreme winter weather:

Tropical and frost-tender plants: Cannot survive extreme cold so they only grow naturally in warmer climates.

Annual plants: Can’t survive extreme cold, but they disperse seeds to replenish their numbers once the weather warms.

Root-hardy perennials: The foliage is killed back by a freeze, but the roots survive in a dormant state until spring.

Fully hardy perennials, shrubs, and trees: Enter a dormant state, which decreases vulnerability to freezing temperatures by reducing sap content and conserving water. Spring blooms and early foliage may be damaged by late-spring freezes, but the plants themselves usually recover.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/todayshomeowner.com/how-to-protect-your-garden-from-frost-and-freeze/amp/

Gardeners often worry about freezing temperatures and frosts that can kill plants and damage crops. Here's how to protect tender plants when the mercury drops below freezing.

~Types of Frost~Hoarfrost — the familiar feathery white frost you see on chilly mornings. It results when water in the a...
10/31/2020

~Types of Frost~

Hoarfrost — the familiar feathery white frost you see on chilly mornings. It results when water in the air is deposited directly in the form of ice crystals.
Rime — happens when water is deposited in liquid form through dew or fog, which then freezes. Rime has a glazed appearance.
Black frost — a term used when frost didn’t form, but plants were nonetheless damaged (and blackened) by freezing temperatures.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/todayshomeowner.com/how-to-protect-your-garden-from-frost-and-freeze/amp/

10/30/2020
El Paso Master Gardeners's cover photo
10/29/2020

El Paso Master Gardeners's cover photo

Capturing the Beauty and Wonder of Plants
10/29/2020
Capturing the Beauty and Wonder of Plants

Capturing the Beauty and Wonder of Plants

Rare is the camera – or phone - amongst botanists that is not filled with plant photos and landscapes. Often serving as good references or helpful for identification, some of them are also simply enchanting. Over 130 such photos were entered into our inaugural CPC National Meeting Photo Contest. A...

The Garden Professors
10/29/2020

The Garden Professors

We have lots of information on the benefits of mycorrhizae - but here is a new study that underlines the importance of maintaining a healthy mycorrhizal biome around mature trees. Take home message: Use arborist chip mulches to support these networks!
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201022123118.htm

I was worried that my beautiful and mighty penstemon would freeze these past two nights.  To my delight, it is still mig...
10/28/2020

I was worried that my beautiful and mighty penstemon would freeze these past two nights. To my delight, it is still mighty and thriving ! Which plants in your landscape weathered the cold front ?

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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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