EPCC Class: Home Gardening in El Paso

Our Saturday morning 16-hour class returns for the fall. You’ll learn useful techniques from Master Gardeners to help you improve your landscape care and gardening in El Paso’s desert climate. The EPCC class starts Saturday, September 10 and ends October 29. Registration ends Friday, September 9.

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Learn from El Paso Master Gardeners

As we wind up the summer, the El Paso Master Gardeners’ Speakers Bureau will be bringing you informative talks at various El Paso library locations and at the Farmers’ Market in Sunland Park, NM. The remaining “Sow.Grow.ReapEat.” workshops in September will be at three city libraries so check to see if one is convenient for you. You’ll see on our Events pages when they are scheduled and get more information. Each “Sow.Grow.ReapEat” workshop requires a separate registration.  

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Library Workshops

Sept. 15, 17, 20

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Ask a Master

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Information Table

Next Info Tables:
Aug. 27,
Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24

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more dates and info.

Farmers’ Market “Garden Talks”

9:00 a.m. | Aug. 27 -“Vermiculture – Wiggly Squiggles in the Garden”
9:00 a.m. | Sept. 10 – “Fried Green Tomatoes”

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Master Gardener of the Quarter

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Lewis Cole_MG of Qtr 2016

Congratulations to Lewis Cole! At our July Recognition Ceremony, he was celebrated as our “Master Gardener of the Quarter” for the second quarter of 2016. Lewis is a real asset to the Association and that is seen most often at the Texas A&M AgriLife Vegetable Demonstration Gardens where for him there is “no job too large or too small”. Read more »

Help Desk for Plant and Gardening Questions

Do you have a question about your plants, gardens or yards? Call the El Paso Master Gardener Help Desk (915-771-2354) to talk with a volunteer. You’ll get help with your gardening questions during the hours given below:

ask us pictureMonday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 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. Or, you may complete the Ask the Help Desk form which accepts photos and gives the option to receive an answer by phone or email.

Let’s Save the Rain!

Since El Paso’s monsoon season is (hopefully) fast-approaching, check out our article on rainwater harvesting. You’ll learn the benefits of passive and active forms as well as follow links to informative “how-to” articles. There’s also a link to a “Good to Grow” radio show with KTEP host Norma Martinez and Texas Master Gardener Rainwater Harvesting Specialist, Doc Stalker.

Monthly Gardening Tips


August is a good time to continue your landscape and garden maintenance activities like controlling pests and ensuring you are watering enough. See the above “Good to Grow” article about planning a fall vegetable garden since now is the time to get the garden planted. Read Monthly Tips for August to learn more.

Looking ahead – Monthly Tips for September

Good to Grow Radio Show

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Not Too Early to Plan for Fall Vegetables

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Our triple digit temperatures must be making some think of cooler weather – Master Gardeners are already getting questions about planting fall vegetables! Here’s a Good to Grow radio show from last year about fall planting and some articles about vegetables for the El Paso area.

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Related articles from the Learn»Gardening Topics page:

Vegetable Planting Calendar for El Paso County

Vegetable Varieties for El Paso County

Vegetables – Easy Gardening Series

Verduras – Easy Series de Jardinería (En Español)

Three Wins for El Paso Master Gardeners!

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  Jan Petrzelka

We continued our winning streak by bringing home three awards from the Texas Master Gardener Conference in McKinney, TX. Immediate Past-President Jan Petrzelka won 1st Place for “Outstanding Individual Master Gardener”.

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Easy Steps for Drip Irrigation by Rex Morris, El Paso Master Gardener

Drip irrigation puts water where your plants are and allows you to control water volume at a rate slow enough for the water to soak into the soil and not over- or under-water. It also allows timed watering during the coolest part of the day.

Step One. Tap into your main waterline or into an existing outside faucet. In either case, install an anti-siphon/backflow prevention valve to prevent the possibility of contaminated water backing up into your drinking water line. You can put a pipe tee on the anti-siphon valve. Attach a new hose bib to one end of the tee. Attach a PVC connector to the other side for the irrigation water.

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Who We Are

The El Paso County Master Gardeners 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 PasoCounty. Our local volunteers receive extensive training and experience in a wide range of subjects before certification as Master Gardeners. 

In collaboration with the County A&M 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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