2016 Southwest Yard & Garden archives

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January

  • January 2, 2016
    1 – Spider mites are common, but easily managed, pests of houseplants during the winter.
  • January 9, 2016
    1 – Poinsettia plants may be propagated from stem cuttings to produce new plants if they are not patented varieties.
  • January 16, 2016
    1 – Apple trees are impossible for most home gardeners to grow from stem cuttings due to limitations of adult phase stem tissue.
  • January 23, 2016
    1 - Some indoor plants are attacked in winter by insects which may be treated with oil spray or rubs that are safe for people.
  • January 30, 2016
    1 – Maples are not usually considered good choices for New Mexico landscapes, but there may be some varieties and other species of trees that can produce fall color in New Mexico.

February

  • February 6, 2016
    1 – Painting a tree trunk white may help reduce the incidence of southwest injury causing splitting of the bark.
  • February 13, 2016
    1 – New Mexico’s soil, climate, and a gardener’s choice of plants can create great challenges for gardeners new to New Mexico and the Southwest.
  • February 20, 2016
    1 – Rooting hormones and rooting plant growth regulators help you create new plants from stems taken from some older plants.
  • February 27, 2016
    1 – Splitting tomato fruit is a common problem in gardens, but there are some things you can do to reduce the incidence of split fruit.

March

  • March 6, 2016
    1 – Organic matter can make clay garden soils much more pleasant for gardening.
  • March 12, 2016
    1 – Heavy metal contamination of composted sewage sludge should not be a problem in most of New Mexico, but the Waste Water Department can probably give you information to confirm the safety of their product.
  • March 19, 2016
    1 – Although gardeners often see recommendations on the internet to add wood ash to their garden, this is bad advice for most New Mexico gardeners.
  • March 26, 2016
    1 – Piñon needle scale is a common New Mexico pest, but it can be fairly easily managed.

April

  • April 2, 2016
    1 – Variability and unpredictability are characteristics of New Mexico’s gardening weather.
  • April 9, 2016
    1 – Tree of Heaven is not a desirable landscape tree and takes some effort to remove if it invades a landscape.
  • April 16, 2016
    1 – Purple mustard and white top weeds illustrate the strategies to manage annual and perennial weeds.
  • April 23, 2016
    1 – Late frosts and weather conditions reducing the availability of pollinator insects are common reasons for failure of fruit trees to produce fruit in New Mexico.
  • April 30, 2016
    1 – Curling leaves of stone fruit plants in the spring often results from aphid insects.
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Curtis W. Smith, Ph.D., is an Extension Horticulture Specialist, retired from New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.