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2015 Southwest Yard & Garden archives

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January

  • January 3, 2015
    1 - Some ideas to continue to use and build memories with an old tree when it reaches the end of its life as a shade tree.
  • January 10, 2015
    1 - In mid-winter plant related insect pests may need management indoors, but do so carefully.
  • January 24, 2015
    1 - Growing fruit trees from cuttings taken from your home garden is unlikely to succeed, but you may be able to graft them successfully.
  • January 31, 2015
    1 - Ollas may be used very effectively for growing potted plants.

February

  • February 7, 2015
    1 - Pecans trees are not just limited to southern parts of New Mexico and there are some interesting varieties of pecans and almonds for New Mexico gardeners to consider.
  • February 14, 2015
    1 - Newly started seedlings may need fertilizer to ensure rapid growth while growing in sunny windows in commercial seed-starting potting soil.
  • February 21, 2015
    1 - Tree borers may create hidden infestations in stressed trees; the best control is providing good tree care.
  • February 28, 2015
    1 - Leafy mistletoe, a tree parasite, is marching up the Rio Grande and may require mechanical or chemical pruning to slow its invasion.

March

  • March 7, 2015
    1 - Sticker producing plants are common in New Mexico and management depends on which kind of plant produces the stickers.
  • March 14, 2015
    1 - Mixing things that "grow up" with those that "grow down.
  • March 21, 2015
    1 - Daffodil plants need winter water for their flower scapes to develop properly.
    2 - Even though New Mexico springs warm early, tempting gardeners to plant too early, choose wisely what you will plant early and wait to plant the warm season crops.
  • March 28, 2015
    1 - Planning a trip to see New Mexico wildflowers requires following precipitation patterns.

April

  • April 4, 2015
    1 – Crop rotation in the home garden is a good idea to prevent disease problems and to better utilize soil nutrients.
  • April 11, 2015
    1 - Old tree stumps can be composted in the middle of a compost pile instead of grinding or digging them out.
  • April 18, 2015
    1 – Piñon needle scale is a common insect problem that may be treated with insecticides or by non-chemical methods.
  • April 25, 2015
    1 – Many things may be grown in raised beds and containers in high elevation gardens in New Mexico.

May

  • May 9, 2015
    1 - Cotoneaster plants are common ornamental plants that children should be taught not to eat.
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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.