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  • January 4, 2014
    1 - Yes, some trees may change sex after environmental stress.
  • January 11, 2014
    1 - Twig girdler beetles and other insects may be observed in New Mexico conifers as a result of the very dry conditions early last year.
  • January 18, 2014
    1- There are several beetles that can infest firewood, some may be a threat to landscape trees.
  • January 25, 2014
    1 - Irrigation is more complicated than just supplying water to plants.


  • February 1, 2014
    1 - Kalenchoe (Bryophyllum) plants are succulent plants that are easy to grow as houseplants.
  • February 8, 2014
    1 - You can combine some vegetables and tropical fruit plants in a greenhouse if you consider the requirements of the plants.
  • February 15, 2014
    1 - During dry winters some plants do not need irrigation, others will need some supplemental moisture.


  • March 1, 2014
    1 - You can prune your fruit trees now and until the buds begin to "show color".
  • March 8, 2014
    1- A soil test is the best way to know how to prepare garden soil, but addition of compost is usually beneficial.
  • March 15, 2014
    1- Proper composting and vermicomposting will probably detoxify the allelopathic chemical juglone produced by walnuts.
  • March 29, 2014
    1 - Raised bed gardens may be useful while developing soils, but may require special effort in some situations.


  • April 5, 2014
    1- Borers can cause bark to peel from a tree, or be a secondary problem that followed a problem that damaged the tissues under the bark.
  • April 12, 2014
    1- Sometimes a horizontal fence is needed to protect a garden from gophers and rabbits.
  • April 19, 2014
    1 - Vegetables may not taste the same to you now as they did when you were younger for a variety of reasons.
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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.