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Southwest Yard & Garden is a weekly column, written by Curtis W. Smith, Extension horticulture specialist, that addresses garden and landscape questions.

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  • January 7, 2012
    Prune fruit trees up until the buds swell and "show color".
    You can start your chile and tomato seedlings indoors now.
  • January 14, 2012
    Cold frame gardening can be fun and extend the New Mexico gardening season.
  • January 21, 2012
    The time for pruning roses varies across New Mexico because of the variation in the expected date of the last freeze.
  • January 28, 2012
    Leggy peperomia house plants can be cut back to become more bushy and to make cuttings for starting new plants.
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Yard and Garden, ATTN: Dr. Curtis Smith

NMSU Cooperative Extension Service

9301 Indian School Road, NE, Suite 112

Albuquerque, NM 87112

Curtis W. Smith, Ph.D., is an Extension Horticulture Specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator.