~Produce Labels and Codes~
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Master Gardener volunteers provide research based horticultural
~Produce Labels and Codes~
Credits: Dona Ana County
Common knowledge says that placing gravel or potting shards at the bottom of a container will improve drainage. Not so! Instead it creates something known as a perched water table. And with the modern miracle of disposable, clear plastic
cups you can actually see how, in the cup on the left which is filled entirely with potting soil, water sits at the base of the container while, in the cup on the right which was filled halfway with gravel, water sits above the gravel -- fill your container entirely with potting media to get the best drainage possible, and if you still need better drainage add perlite to the potting soil!
Some very helpful information from "Horticulture" magazine, to help you protect Fall planted trees and shrubs before winter. Our winters are generally mild, but these pointers might still be helpful to you. Trees and shrubs in our landscape are a big investment in our homes. So protect them as best you can.
Special pointers for fall-planted trees & shrubs.
If you are interested and able to foster an immature agave plant, click on the attached link to learn details about how to do so.
The Zoo is happy to let everyone know that Adopt-An-Agave for 2023 is going great. There is still time to adopt an agave, but you need to hurry since the last day to get one is Saturday, December 1…
For you cactus/succulent enthusiasts! Please join the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club for their 15th Annual Cactus Appreciation meeting. They will have several informative presentations reference succulents and UTEP's Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Check out the attached poster for specific times and location on December 2nd.
~Types of Squash~
El Paso Master Gardeners gathered for their last monthly meeting of 2023. Before our meeting, we are being instructed about growing winter crops, by Master Gardener Robin.
~Differences Among Flowers of the Holiday Cactus~
WSU Pierce County Master Gardeners
Christmas Cactus – The flowers are usually white or red but occasionally may be yellow. The blooming time is typically in December. The Christmas Cactus has purplish-brown anthers. In contrast the Thanksgiving Cactus has yellow anthers. Flowers are symmetrical being evenly distributed around each flower tube. The flowers are more pendulous and droop straight down from the o***y.
Easter Cactus – The flowers are royal purple, red or pink and brighter than Christmas Cactus or Thanksgiving Cactus. The flowers are more star-shaped than the other two ‘Holiday Cactus.’ It typically blooms in the spring months of April and May.
Thanksgiving Cactus – The flowers are pink, red, white or yellow and they typically bloom in November. The Thanksgiving Cactus anthers are yellow but they are purplish-brown on the Christmas Cactus. Thanksgiving Cactus flowers are more asymmetrical, protrude from the o***y and extend horizontally from the tips of the stem segments.
~Got A Christmas Cactus?~
This low-maintenance plant can flower for years!
~Getting Gardens Ready for Winter~
With the first blasts of arctic air from Canada comes the cold, hard truth that winter is right around the corner. While gardeners in warmer climes (USDA zones 8 to 10) relish the cool air because ...
~ How do You Like Your Bananas?~
~Easy DIY Planter Box~
~How To Grow Pineapple~
~The Giving Tree~
"...And after a long time the boy came back again.
"I am sorry, Boy," said the tree, "but I have nothing left to give you-
My apples are gone."
"My teeth are too weak for apples," said the boy.
"My branches are gone," said the tree.
"You cannot swing on them-"
"I am too old to swing on branches," said the boy.
"My trunk is gone," said the tree.
"You cannot climb-"
"I am too tired to climb," said the boy.
"I am sorry," sighed the tree.
"I wish that I could give you something... but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry..."
"I don't need very much now," said the boy, "just a quiet pleace to sit and rest. I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
"well, an old stump is a good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy."
Shel Silverstein - The Giving Tree, 1964.
~ EPCMG Donates~
Tuesday, October 31, 2023, EPCMG presented Susan Goodell, CEO of El Paso Fighting Hunger Food Bank, with a $1000 donation.
This is the third year in a row that we have donated to the efforts to feed the El Paso Community.
The Master Gardener partnership with the Food Bank continues to grow.
~Monthly Gardening Tips- November~
~Autumn Visit @ EP Municipal Rose Garden~
The roses are enjoying the cooler temperatures at the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden. Make sure to visit before it closes for the winter.
Photos by V. Macias
Look at these beautiful plant cuttings we used to teach the Propagation and container Gardening class.
-Week 9 of 12 of the 2023 Master Gardener Class.
First picture shows a stunning Stapelia gigantea cactus, also known as the Zulu Giant.
Second picture shows a Mammillaria Elongata or Lady Fingers Cactus, a jade plant cutting and string of buttons.
Pictures taken by: Jessica Almanza - 2023 Master Gardener class student.
HAPPY NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY! Whatever your choice of pumpkin is, try to get the most out of it. Here are some suggested uses from Texas A&M's AgriLife Extension -Dinner Tonight program.
Photo credit: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Dinner Tonight
To help you celebrate National Pumpkin Day, here are some tips for selecting the perfect pumpkin.
~Spacing Your Garlic~
Need help spacing your garlic when planting? Perfect spacing every time! : )
~Green Tomato Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes ~
When we think of cupcakes, we usually imagine sweet treats, but these Green Tomato Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes blend the tangy freshness of green tomatoes with the rich, sweet flavor of cocoa and the deep aroma of espresso. This unique combination will surprise your taste buds and create an unforget...
~How to Build Low Tunnels That Open and Close Easily~
Low tunnels are one of the most cost effective methods for extending the growing season in your vegetable garden in both spring and fall. Follow along as I ...
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