2010 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives

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January

  • January 2, 2010
    1 - Some warm season vegetable seed need a little extra warmth to germinate early in a cool home.
  • January 9, 2010
    1 - You can purchase potting soils for different kinds of plants with different needs.
  • January 16, 2010
    1 - Gophers can be trapped, but releasing them elsewhere can be cruel.
  • January 30, 2010
    1 - Those wood ashes from winter are not good for New Mexico gardens.

February

  • February 20, 2010
    1 - Now is a good time to prune deciduous trees and pruning sealer will not help and will not stop slime flux.
  • February 28, 2010
    1 - Pomegranate plants need water in the winter and they will do better if in the ground.

March

  • March 13, 2010
    1 - Fertigation, applying fertilizer with drip irrigation, can work for you.
  • March 20, 2010
    1 - The native New Mexico datura (sacred thorn-apple) is not moonflower.
  • March 27, 2010
    1 - Hackberry and service berry trees are safe for livestock and you can even eat the fruit from service berry tree.

April

  • April 1, 2010
    1 - Yes, there are mild chiles in addition to hot chiles.
  • April 10, 2010
    1 - NMSU Extension Service, nurseries, garden clubs, and Master Gardeners are good sources of gardening information for new residents.
  • April 24, 2010
    1 - Vinca and other plants may have diseases, but good samples are needed to properly diagnose problems.

May

  • May 1, 2010
    1 - You can grow a new aspen tree from a broken branch.
  • May 15, 2010
    1 - Straw mulch can be helpful or harmful when starting garden seeds.
  • May 22, 2010
    1 - Osage orange can be propagated by stem cuttings, root cuttings, layering, and seeds.

June

  • June 5, 2010
    1 - Plants can be sun burned, but you can help avoid the problem.
  • June 12, 2010
    1 - Heat of summer is a good time for planting, but difficult for the planter.
  • June 19, 2010
    1 - Saving vegetable seeds can be interesting, but must be done properly.
  • June 26, 2010
    1 - Peach tree borers can injure any of the stone fruit trees.

July

  • July 3, 2010
    1 - Slime mold is a strange landscape invader, but beneficial.
  • July 10, 2010
    1 - Grafting a broken branch back is not impossible, but very difficult.
  • July 24, 2010
    1 - Foxtail grass and rabbits can be problems in lawns.

August

  • August 7, 2010
    1 - Several problems can cause a tree to die after only a few years.
  • August 14, 2010
    1 - Mushrooms are a necessary part of the landscape environment.

September

  • September 4, 2010
    1 - Identify the cause of death of a plant before replacing the same kind of plant at the same site, or choose other plants to use.
  • September 18, 2010
    1 - It is difficult, but not impossible, to start new peach trees from cuttings.
  • September 25, 2010
    1 - You can rototill lawn clippings into the garden in the fall to decompose through the winter if they are herbicide free.

October

  • October 2, 2010
    1 - Exotic loquat fruit may, perhaps, be grown in protected areas of Southern New Mexico.
  • October 9, 2010
    1 - Science says that it is very unlikely for melons and cucumbers to hybridize, but maybe not impossible.

November

  • November 6, 2010
    1 - Western cherry fruit flies are a problem in cherries in some regions of New Mexico.
  • November 20, 2010
    1 - You can move roses and other plants late in the dormant season, or pot them now to plant later.
  • November 27, 2010
    1 - Pine tree needles turn brown and fall off this doesn't necessarily mean your tree is unhealthy, and they can be used as beneficial mulch.

December

  • December 4, 2010
    1 - Conifer aphids may persist through winter, but other aphids will disappear until spring.
  • December 11, 2010
    1 - Yellow-bellied sapsuckers can make holes in the trunks of trees.
  • December 18, 2010
    1 - Daffodil are very hardy, so do not worry if they start growing early.
  • December 25, 2010
    1 - You can prune evergreens now for a little holiday greenery, but do major pruning in late winter.


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