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Home Gardening in El Paso

Credit: Winter garden grown at Ascarate Teaching & Demonstration Garden from EPCMG Facebook

Credit: Winter garden grown at Ascarate Teaching &
Demonstration Garden from EPCMG Facebook

Have you ever wanted to know more about gardening in El Paso? Whether you’ve moved here recently or have lived here for many years, you can learn something useful when you are taught by our Master Gardeners in the Home Gardening in El Paso class at EPCC. In this sixteen hour class you will learn techniques and information about growing vegetables, xeriscaping, lawn care, controlling insects and diseases, and more. These techniques will help you improve your gardening efforts in El Paso’s climate.

The Summer 2017 EPCC class starts Saturday, June 10, and ends July 29.

Home Gardening in El Paso – Summer 2017    

The class topics and instructors scheduled are as follows:

June 10                  Earth-Kind Landscaping: Environmental Stewardship — Sarah Wood
June 17                  Soils and Fertilizers — Rex Morris
June 24                  Vegetable Gardening — Dave Turner
July 1                     Irrigation and Composting — Bill Hodge
July 8                     Lawn is Not a Four-Letter Word — Doc Stalker
July 15                   Integrated Pest Management & Weed Management — Mary Ann McCravey
July 22                   Native and Adapted Plants and Trees — Jim Hastings
July 29                   Down to Earth with Container Gardening — Jan Petrzelka

Registration has started and ends Friday, June 9th.

Read our EPCC Class Page to get the class times and information needed for registering at El Paso Community College.

KTEP logoGood to Grow Radio Show

Springtime in El Paso has brought new Good to Grow Saturday morning radio shows to educate us about the many facets of gardening in El Paso. The shows are hosted by Extension Horticultural Agent, Denise Rodriguez, and rotating co-hosts Master Gardener, Jan Petrzelka, and John White, curator for UTEP’s Centennial Museum Garden. Listen for tips and advice on gardening in our desert southwest. Here are some of the recent shows:

How to Care for Native Plants
Container Gardening

Earth-Kind® Principles

Hummingbird and Butterfly Habitats

Bermuda Grass

School Gardens

All About Tomatoes

What are the Elements of an Attractive Landscape?

by Virginia Morris, El Paso Master Gardener

Have you ever driven around a neighborhood and wondered why one landscape looks gorgeous and another looks “not so good”? Why is one landscape more attractive? Think about the ways we have developed our landscapes. Most of us just go to the nursery, usually in the springtime, and buy plants that appeal to us and put them in whatever space is available. What can the homeowner do to achieve a landscape that looks like a professional designed it? The answer: Think like a landscape architect.

Develop a Concept. What do you want from your landscape? Is your goal water conservation, low maintenance, or a wildlife friendly habitat? How will the landscape be used?
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You may also like:
Ornamental Plants for Far West Texas
Plant Selection and Selecting Your Plants
A Water-Wise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting
 Video Play Glyph Southwest Xeriscapes

Free Gardening Workshops

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Our free summer “Gardening 101 Workshop Series” will help you be more successful as you garden in El Paso. Taught by Master Gardeners in our Speakers Bureau, we’re covering real-life gardening concerns so come to learn about irrigation emitters, which bugs you won’t mind having around, and the process of Vermiculture which is creating compost soil amendments with worms. Check our Events page for more information.

ask us picture Plant and Gardening Questions? Ask an Expert

Do you have a question about your plants, gardens or yards? The El Paso Master Gardener Help Desk is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and we’ll be happy to assist you. When you phone the Help Desk (915-771-2354) you will talk with a volunteer who will provide research-based horticultural information. If a Master Gardener is not available when you call, please leave a message and you will be contacted 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.

Learn How to Make Your Own Rain Barrel 

Combining the ‘whys’ of rainwater harvesting with the ‘hows’ of making your own rain barrel makes this a winning workshop. Just in time for our rainy season, you’ll learn about rainwater harvesting and receive a rain barrel along with information to help use it at your home.  Read more »

Master Gardener of the Quarter

Rosie Cubillos

Credit: Rosie Cubillos by Jan Petrzelka

With our mission to educate the public, Facebook Committee members are online almost every day providing items of interest for our 1,721 viewers. Rosie Cubillos joined the committee nearly two years ago and since then has been an avid contributor to our page. Thanks to Rosie’s creativity, there have been a variety of engaging posts which have generated a lot of interest from our viewers. She has taken over when others were ill or unable to participate and has been an inspiration to the team.

Being an active member of the committee entails almost daily logging on to Facebook, checking messages and questions from our viewers, finding appropriate educational information for posting and promoting El Paso Master Gardener (EPMG) activities. Rosie is also the committee member who replies to the questions from our readers which often entails doing research to resolve their problems. Read more »

Start Here for Helpful Gardening Information

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Credit: UTEP’s FloraFEST sale via
El Paso Master Gardeners Facebook page

Other resources for choosing suitable annuals, perennials, shrubs, and more are found on these pages: Ornamentals Plants for Far West Texas and Texas Superstar® Plants. Look to these publications for more landscaping tips: Xeriscape: Landscapes for the Desert Southwest and Why Native Plants?

For those of you who enjoy flowering bulbs, read these articles: Seasonal Color with Bulbs in El Paso and Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes & Tubers.

Lawns are an important part of a xeriscaped landscape even though it’s recommended for their size to be limited somewhat. Springtime is a good time to learn more about maintaining your lawn so check out the selection of links to helpful articles about fertilizing and growing warm season grasses on this website’s Learn»Links-Gardening Topics page.

As you start your spring vegetable garden, be sure to consult the list of Home Vegetable Varieties for our region and the El Paso County Planting Calendar. To help ensure a great tomato crop this year, you’ll want to read The Secret to Growing Tomatoes in El Paso.

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

In collaboration with the County A&M AgriLife Horticultural Agent, Denise Rodriguez, we educate the community through various events, workshops, and demonstration gardens. Our Master Gardeners volunteer through our Outreach programs and community Projects to provide information and recommendations on horticultural topics to all residents of El Paso County.

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