Our Master Gardener Help Desk phone line is down for several days while we’re moving. If you have a question for the Master Gardeners, please complete the Ask the Help Desk form to receive an answer by phone or email. It’s a convenient way to contact us and the form allows you to attach photos of your gardening questions. You may also email us directly at email@example.com.
On Monday, August 3rd, when our Help Desk is open for business, please call us at 915-771-2354.
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.
Monthly Gardening Tips for July
July is a time to keep on eye on your plants and lawn. Have they flowered and need to be deadheaded? Do they need more fertilizer? Are you watering properly for this hot weather? Maybe there’s a problem with spider mites. Read the Monthly Tips to learn what to needs to be checked this month and what you can do to garden smart in July.
Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rainfall and storing it later use. It can take active or passive forms. Rain barrels connected to gutters on a roof are an example of the active form of rainwater harvesting while rain gardens in the landscape are a passive form.
Since El Paso County receives the majority of its rainfall during the months July through September, we’re entering the perfect time of the year to capture the rainfall for the benefit of our plants and to decrease the amount of water we need to get from the tap.
Benefits of rainwater harvesting include:
- Money savings and water bill reduction by using the stored rainwater to irrigate landscape plants houseplants
- Reduces the demand on municipally treated water supplies
- Reduces urban rainfall run-off contributing to surface water contamination with fertilizers and pesticides
- Reduces flooding and erosion
Below you’ll find some articles with more information on rainwater harvesting.
More Rainwater than Some Realize: A little planning goes a long way
What is Rainwater Harvesting and Why Do It?
Installing A Drip Irrigation System to a Rain Barrel (Video)
The Texas Rainwater Harvesting Manual
A Waterwise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting
A Waterwise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting (Spanish version)
How to Make a Rain Barrel
KTEP’s Good to Grow: Summer Vacation Plant Care
You’re going on vacation – great! Now what do you do to keep your gardens and lawn alive while you’re gone? Listen to Denise and Norma share tips and helpful ideas in this podcast: Summer Vacation Plant Care
Our latest 16-month calendar for 2014-2015 has all new research-based articles, gardening tips, and recipes. Read more here.