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 EPCC Class: Home Gardening in El Paso

You will learn techniques and information about improving your soil, vegetable gardening, irrigation, landscaping, rainwater harvesting, container gardening and plant selection. These techniques will help you improve your gardening efforts in El Paso’s climate.  Taught by Master Gardeners. (12 hours)

EPCC class starts Saturday, June 6th

Registration ends Friday, June 5th

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Helpful Vegetable Gardening Articles

In Far West Texas, El Paso has a similar gardening climate to southern New Mexico. These articles from New Mexico State University, Texas AgriLife, and a Dona Ana County Master Gardener give vegetable gardening instructions and address concerns for our area. When New Mexico Growing Zones are mentioned (CR457B), based on the number of frost free days, El Paso will be much like the Southern Zone.

Home Vegetable Gardening in New Mexico external-link-icon pdf-icon

Growing Zones, Recommended Crop Varieties, and Planting and Harvesting for Home Vegetable Gardens in New Mexico external-link-icon pdf-icon

Vegetable Gardens in New Mexico external-link-icon pdf-icon

Vegetable Planting Chart for Las Cruces, NM external-link-icon pdf-icon

Texas Home Vegetable Gardening Guide external-link-icon pdf-icon

Monthly Gardening Tips for May

It’s a good time to check May’s Monthly Tips. Some plants are ready for pruning or deadheading while others are needing fertilizer. The tips advise us to plant warmer weather landscape annuals and vegetables. For vegetable ideas, see Vegetable Planting Chart for Las Cruces NM external-link-icon pdf-icon. For information about flowers and landscape annuals, these articles may be helpful:

Seasonal Color – Care and Management with Earth-Kind Practices external-link-icon

Constructing Your Flower Bed external-link-icon

Cutflower Gardening external-link-icon

Ornamental Plants for Far West Texas external-link-icon

Flowers for All Seasons external-link-icon

Flowers – Annuals, Planting, Landscaping, Problems external-link-icon

Each month please read our Month by Month Gardening Tips. You’ll find them in the column to the right.


Help DeskCall the Master Gardener Help Desk (915-566-1276) and talk with a volunteer during the hours given below for help with your gardening questions.

Monday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If a Master Gardener is not available when you call, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Another option is to complete the Ask the Help Desk form to receive an answer by phone or email. The Ask the Help Desk form allows you to attach photos of your gardening questions.

El Paso Master Gardeners Bring Home Awards – Again!

Each year the Texas Master Gardener Association, in cooperation with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M University System, recognizes and presents awards for exemplary achievement.  The El Paso Master awardsGardener Association has a long history of winning awards in various categories. At the Texas Master Gardener 2015 Conference in Belton, TX over April 16-18, 2015, the El Paso Master Gardener Association was recognized with three awards in their category of Medium Large Association for the year of 2014.

The El Paso Master Gardener Association was awarded 1st Place in its category of Medium Large Association in the Search for Excellence 2014 Awards as an Outstanding Association. This award is for an exemplary Master Gardener Association that has completed at least one or more programs or projects of importance to the community.

Roger “Doc” Stalker, representing the El Paso County Master Gardener Association, garnered 1st Place in the Searchdoc with kids for Excellence 2014 Awards for exemplary achievement with the Outstanding Individual Master Gardener Award. This award is for an individual Master Gardener who is a certified member in good standing within a Master Gardener Association and whose involvement and contributions during the award year are of primary importance.

The El Paso County Master Gardener Association also was awarded 3rd Place in the Search for Excellence 2014 Awards in the Educational Program category for their Speaker Bureau entry. This educational award recognizes a program which is a teaching opportunity to a group and provides educational information about horticultural topics.

Roses in El Paso

Springtime renews our interest in flowers and roses are an eternal favorite.  The El Paso Municipal Rose Garden is a testament to how well roses grow in our region. To learn more about how the Master Gardeners and the Rose Society work with the city to beautify the garden, read about the Master Gardeners’ volunteer efforts at the rose garden. April 2014 Garden 2ndLevel

A good time to see the rose garden’s first flush of abundant blooms is from early April until mid-May or so. To celebrate the blooms and showcase the results of our volunteers’ winter pruning efforts, the Master Gardeners will have a Public Tour of the Rose Garden on April 4th. (For more information, see the Events section on the right side of the page.) Visits to the El Paso Rose Garden can be enjoyed from spring through fall as repeat blooming rose bushes will continue to bloom in flushes through late fall.

Rose beds 4-15-14
 Here are some helpful articles about rose care and growing roses in the desert:

Our Rose Garden: Pruning-Deadheading external-link-icon

Pruning Roses external-link-icon

All About Pruning external-link-icon

Rose Care in the Low Desert external-link-iconpdf-icon

Growing Roses external-link-iconpdf-icon

Roses for the Desert external-link-iconpdf-icon

Roses: Care After Planting external-link-icon

Master Gardeners in the News

Vegetable Specialist Dave Turner was recently interviewed by Denise Olivas of KVIA, a local TV station. Go here to see the interview and learn about Master Gardeners in the community, planting vegetables in El Paso, and some of the places to find our Information Tables. [Note: Regarding the ending slide in the interview, about 25 new Master Gardeners are trained each year and we now have 95+ Master Gardeners in El Paso County.]

El Paso Master Gardener Alice Parra’s cactus and native plant garden was featured in the recent El Paso Times article, Cactus Oasis. “What I love about her place is that she has a gorgeous back yard with a lot of wonderful cactus, succulents and lush tropical plants in between. She has the best way of mixing and matching it all up,” said Master Gardener Jim Hastings.   Read More

Gardening for active adults was the theme of a recent article in El Paso Plus. We’re reminded by Denise Rodriguez, the County Extension Agent for Horticulture at Texas A&M’s Agrilife Extension office, that “Gardening is good physically and mentally for seniors,” she says. “It’s a great leisure activity and the most popular hobby in the United States.” Gardening can be easier for seniors when planting in raised beds or in containers. Both can accommodate vegetables and ornamentals. Helpful tips are in the article as are interviews with some El Paso Master Gardeners.   Read More

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In August 2014 El Paso’s online news source, the Newspaper Tree, began featuring articles by El Paso Master Gardeners in their Health and Environment section. New articles will appear on the first and third weeks of the month. The articles will be discussing a variety of gardening topics for our area. You can read them by following the links below and by seeing other articles here.

Who We Are


Master Gardener Marianela Milner educates at Ascarate Demonstration and Teaching Garden

The El Paso County Master Ga​rdeners Association, as a member of the Texas Master Gardeners Association, is a non-profit educational and charitable organization supporting the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in providing quality, relevant outreach and continuing education programs and services to the people of El Paso County. Our local volunteers receive extensive training and experience in a wide range of subjects before certification as Master Gardener​s. In collaboration with the County AgriLife Horticultural Agent, we conduct community educational projects through workshops and demonstration gardens. Members of the Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau, Help Desk, and Information Table committees provide information, education, and recommendations on horticultural topics to all residents of El Paso County.

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