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Not Too Early to Plan for Fall Vegetables

Denise and Norma

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)


Become a Texas Master Gardener Volunteer

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Come join other gardeners for the El Paso County Master Gardener 12 week training course which will enable you to be a part of the Texas Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Classes include xeriscaping principles, lawn and tree care, soils, identifying garden pests and more. After training, apply your new knowledge by volunteering 60 hours within a year at approved sites to become a certified Texas Master Gardener. Re-certification yearly is encouraged through continued volunteering and by taking continuing education classes.

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and to help others, and are able to communicate with diverse groups of people.

What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their Extension office, to provide horticultural-related information to their communities.

You can learn more about the El Paso Master Gardener Program by reading the articles available in our About Us section and watch a video at Is This for You? Also, feel free to acquaint yourself with our mission, activities, and our policies. Click here to see the “Become a Texas Master Gardener” brochure.

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Dates of classes: September 8 to November 17, 2016
Class days: Thursdays (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Orientation: September 1, 2016
Read Application Letter and Apply to Program
Last day to apply: August 19, 2016


Three Wins for El Paso Master Gardeners!

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Denise Rodriguez, Marlene Stalker, Carole Haupt, Jan Petrzelka

June’s monthly Master Gardener meeting was extra special as we celebrated our continuing winning streak at the Texas Master Gardener Conference in McKinney, TX. This year we were recognized with three awards in our new category of Large Association for 2015:

  • 1st Place for “Outstanding Individual Master Gardener” was won by Jan Petrzelka. We all knew Jan was a winner and now the entire state of Texas knows it, too! This award is for an individual Master Gardener whose involvement and contributions during the award year are of primary importance.

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Kid w_ headphones KTEP’s recent “Good to Grow” radio show featured a lively discussion about our upcoming Master Gardener class for new volunteers. Listen as Jan Petrzelka and Norma Martinez tell you what to expect and also share the news of our wins at the Texas State Master Gardener Conference.


Learn from El Paso Master Gardeners

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Gardening 101
Summer Workshops:

July 8
August 5

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Library Workshops

July 16, 19, 28

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more dates and info.
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Visit a Master Gardener
Information Table

Next Info Tables:
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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more dates and info.

Farmers’ Market “Garden Talks”
9:00 a.m. | July 9, 23; Aug. 13, 27 & Sept. 10

Click here for info.

Click here for a revised printable (PDF) list of the summer workshops by date and location.

This spring and summer the El Paso Master Gardeners’ Speakers Bureau is teaming up with the City of El Paso to present free workshops that will teach you about soil, container gardening, herbs, tomatoes, composting and more. Join us for one or more to get a well-rounded look at gardening in El Paso.

The “Gardening 101” talks will be held at the El Paso Multipurpose Center on Viscount Blvd. and each requires a separate registration. Check our Events pages for more information.

The “Sow.Grow.ReapEat.” workshops are scheduled from April through September and will be offered at four city libraries. Check our Events pages to see when they are scheduled and to get more information. Each workshop requires a separate registration.  

Kid w_ headphones Learn more when you listen to KTEP’s “Good to Grow” radio show, Master Gardeners Spring Into Action, where they discuss the library talks presented by the El Paso Master Gardeners.


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.


Monthly Gardening Tips

CalendarWhen it’s July, you know summer has arrived. And even though we’re starting to get a little rain, you’ll want to check new additions to your landscape to be sure they are getting adequate water. It’s a good time to do a little maintenance by removing faded flowers from plants before they set seed to keep them growing and producing more flowers. Read our other July Monthly Tips to get fertilization suggestions, watering guidelines, how to check for spider mites and lawn grubs, and more.


Why Native Plants? by Virginia L. Morris, El Paso Master Gardener

Blackfoot Daisies by Kent Kanouse, CC BY-NC 2.0

Photo credit: Blackfoot Daisies by Kent Kanouse , CC BY-NC 2.0

What is a native plant? Native plant is a term used to describe plants endemic (indigenous) or naturalized to a given area in geologic time; that is, native plants evolved in a local area. Native plants grew naturally in an area before humans began to bring in plants from non-local areas.

 

What is an area? An area is defined as a region with similar characteristics, such as weather, soil, rainfall, and altitude. Plants may be native to North America, but not necessarily native to every state in the U.S. Some native plants have adapted to very limited, unusual environments or exceptional soil conditions like in the Chihuahuan Desert.

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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.


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