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Season 2 - Volume 2

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Cost: $12.95 per episode plus shipping & handling
Approximate Running Time of each episode: 30 minutes


Volume 2, episode 38 - March 16, 2002

Weekly Features:

  1. Dethatching Lawn for Spring - with Curtis Smith & Chris Reno
  2. Taking the Mystery Out of Herbicide Labels (pt. 2) - with John White & Dr. Richard Lee

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: - with Curtis Smith & Chris Reno
    • Repairing damage caused by improper dethatching
    • Tree roots in the lawn
  • Southern N.M.: with John White & Dr. Richard Lee
    • Taking the Mystery Out of Herbicide Labels (pt. 1)

Special Thanks:
Chris Reno - Albuquerque
The Greenhouse Nursery - Las Cruces


Volume 2, episode 37 - March 9, 2002

Weekly Features:

  1. Preparing & Planting Potatoes - with John White
  2. Yarbro Elementary School Garden Tour - with Curtis Smith & Ron Hogue

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Northern Mailbag - with Curtis Smith & Joe Holdridge
    • "In the garden books that I've read, they say that early startings of seedlings should be placed on top of the refridgerator.
      Why should I do this?" Albert - Northern New Mexico
  • Southern N.M.: with John White

Special Thanks:
Joe holdridge - Albuquerque
Yarbro Elementary School - Lovington


Volume 2, episode 36 - March 2, 2002

Weekly Features:

  1. Cleaning Out Garden Pond (part 1) - with Curtis Smith, Ginny Stevens, & Shelley Marsh Rice
  2. Let's Get Growing (part 2) - with John White & Jan Brydon

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: with Curtis Smith, Ginny Stevens, & Shelley Marsh Rice
    • Cleaning Out Garden Pond (part 2)
  • Southern N.M.: with John White

Special Thanks:
Shelley Marsh Rice - Lovington
Ginny Stevens - Lovington
Jan Brydon - Las Cruces


Volume 2, episode 35 - February 9, 2002

Weekly Features:

  1. Tropical Water Plant Greenhouse - with Curtis Smith & Shelly Marsh Rice
  2. Southern Mailbag - with John White
    • "What can I plant this time of year?" John - Las Cruces
    • "I'm new to this area. I've gone to the nursery and found some plants like Lantana that look good in tthe nursery. I'm worried about bringing them outside into full exposure during early spring, late winter." Jim T or C
    • "Should I start my Spring plants by seed or by transplants?" Karen - Las Cruces

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: with Curtis Smith & Joe Holdridge
    • Lettuce In Cold Frame
    • Pruning Fig Tree
  • Southern N.M.: with John White
    • Asparagus
    • Planting Garlic
    • Planting Onion Sets

Special Thanks:
Shelly Marsh Rice - Lovington
Joe Holdridge - Albuquerque
The Greenhouse Nursery - Las Cruces


Volume 2, episode 34 - February 2, 2002

Weekly Features:

  1. Lets's Get Growing! - with John White & Jan Brydon
  2. Home-Made Greenhouse - with Curtis Smith & Ginny Stevens

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: with Curtis Smith & Ginny Stevens
    • Hyacinth Bulbs
    • Narcissus
    • Zonal Palargonium
    • Pregnant Onion
    • Lettuce
  • Southern N.M.: with John White
    • Bacterial Infections on Fruit Trees
    • Die-Back & Browning on live Christmas Tree
    • Starting Compost Pile 020202home.jpg

Special Thanks:
Jan Brydon - Las Cruces
Ginny Stevens - Lovington


Volume 2, episode 33 - January 12, 2002

Weekly Features:

  1. Proper Fruit Tree Pruning - with Curtis Smith & Patricia Aaron
  2. Plants & Trees Still Need Water in the Winter - with John White
    • Redbud
    • Cork Oak
    • Afghan Pine
    • Montezuma Cypress
    • Elaeagnus pungens 'Maculata'
    • Boxwood

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: with Curtis Smith and John White
    • Cutting back Pampas Grass
    • Rose Pruning
    • Bagworm
  • Southern N.M. - Southern Mailbag:with John White
    • "I have a pear tree in my yard. I'm showing some die-back on the tree and a lot of my fruit has turned black jsut like it was hit by a torch. Do you have any idea what this might be?"
      -Rosalind, Las Cruces
    • "I have a Boliana Poplar in my yard. It is developing a lot of sprouts on it. Is there anything that I could do for the sprouts at the base of the tree?"
      -John, Roswell

Volume 2, episode 32 - January 5, 2002

Weekly Features:

  1. Proper Handwashing For Food Safety (Part 1) - with Curtis Smith & Patricia Aaron
  2. Southern January Checklist (Part 2) - with John White
    • Renew mulches
    • Add organic matter to soil
    • Check trees for damaged or dead branches

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Northern Mailbag - with Curtis, George Duda, & Bob Bell
    • "I've heard you and others say that I should water my trees deeply but not often. Why's that? What does that mean? And how can I tell how deeply I've watered, how much water does it take?" Jake - Santa Fe
    • "What happens when I cut the roots on one side of my tree to keep them from breaking the concrete of my driveway?" Allison - Socorro
  • Southern N.M.: with John White & Virginia Podmenik
    • Soil Sampling

Special Thanks:
George Duda - Albquerque
Lloyd Davis - Las Cruces


Volume 2, episode 31 - December 15, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Tips From A Landscape Architect (Part 1) - with John White & Joni Gutierrez
  2. Propagating a Houseplant (part 2) - with Curtis Smith & Rick Daniell

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: with Curtis Smith & Rick Daniell
    • Pine Aphid
    • Winter Watering
    • Winter Brown Spots in Grass
  • Southern N.M.: with John White & Dr. John Mexel
    • Tree Problems

Special Thanks:
Ewing Irrigation - Las Cruces
Gutierrez-Borowski Landscape Architects - Las Cruces


Volume 2, episode 30 - December 8, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Chainsaw Safety (Part 1) - with Curtis Smith & George Duda
  2. How to Pick a Landscape Designer with John white

Questions and Answers

  • Southern N.M.: with John White & Sabine Whitley-Green
    • What do I do with all the leaves that have fallen into my yard?
    • What can I do with the pecans now that they're falling off the tree?
    • Should I, and how often should I be watering my landscape during the winter?

Volume 2, episode 29 - December 1, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Southern December checklist - , with John White and Valois Pearce
    • Check houseplants for pests
    • Bring in cactus plants
    • Time to pick seeds
    • Clean up debris around plants
    • Remember to keep watering outdoor plants
    • Prune & train plants and trees
  2. How a Tree Grows, with Curtis Smith and Bob Bell

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: with Curtis Smith, George Duda & Bob Bell
    • "I want to know about the death of leaves. In other words, what are the reasons that leaves fall from trees?" Farzad - Internet
    • "Can a disease enter through the wound made when the leaf falls from the tree?" Jean - Roswell
    • "What is the procedure for legally cutting a Christmas tree from the forest in New Mexico?" Carolyn - Albuquerque
  • Southern N.M.: with John White & Sabine Whitley-Green
    • Poinsetta
    • Christmas Cactus
    • Trained Rosemary
    • Ivy & Poinsetta
    • China Doll & Poinsetta

Volume 2, episode 28 - November 10, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Cooking with Pumpkins, with Curits Smith and Patricia Aaron
  2. Landscape Planning, with John White

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Making Tofu Pumpkin Pie with Curtis Smith and Patricia Aaron
  • Southern N.M.: Southern Mailbag with John White

Volume 2, episode 27 - November 3, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Southern November Checklist, with John White
  2. Putting Garden to Bed for the Winter, with Curits Smith and Ron Jobe

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: with Curtis Smith and Ron Jobe
  • Southern N.M.: with John White and Jackye Meinecke

Volume 2, episode 26 - October 13, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Getting Garden Ponds Ready for Winter, with John White & Joe Kane
  2. Apple Research in Northern New Mexico, with Curtis Smith & Ron Walser

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Northern Mailbag with Curtis Smith and Ron Jobe
  • Southern N.M.: Container Plants in the Fall with John White

Volume 2, episode 25 - October 6, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Chile Varieties of New Mexico (Alcalde), with Curtis Smith
  2. Southern October Checklist, with John White

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: with Curtis Smith and Patrick Torres
  • Southern N.M.: Southern Mailbag, with John White

Volume 2, episode 24 - September 15, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Mulches & Row Covers, with Curtis Smith and George Dickerson
  2. Garden Ponds, with John White and Todd Arnold

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Strawberry Varieties (Alcalde), with Curtis Smith and Ron Walser
  • Southern N.M.: Pecan Tree Problems, with John White

Volume 2, episode 23 - September 8, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. "Natural" Pest Control, with John White
  2. Medicinal Herb Garden, with Curtis Smith and Charles Martin

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Northern mailbag, with Curtis Smith and Janine Fales
  • Southern N.M.: Have pecan leaves examined for nutrients, with John White

Volume 2, episode 22 - September 1, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Water Harvesting (Gallup), with Curtis White and Sid Gillison
  2. Proper Planting Techniques, with John White

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Buried Irrigation System (Gallup), with Curtis Smith and Sid Gillson
  • Southern N.M.: Southern Mailbag, with John White

Volume 2, episode 21 - August 25, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Southern September Checklist, with John White
  2. Gallup Garden, with Curtis Smith and Sid Gillson

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Northern September checklist, with Curtis Smith and Sid Gillson
  • Southern N.M.: Proper planting of container plants and fruit trees, with John White

Volume 2, episode 20 - August 18, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Preserving chile, with Curtis Smith and Patricia Aaron
  2. Mesilla Valley corn, with John White and Bill Cook

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: General topics
    • Warped pans, with Curtis Smith and Patricia Aaron
    • Summer tree pruning, with Curtis Smith
  • Southern N.M.: Southern mailbag, with John White

Volume 2, episode 19 - August 11, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Extreme Gardening, with John White and Calvin Bailey
  2. Angel Fire garden challenge, with Curtis Smith and Kathy Kalen

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Northern mailbag, with Curtis Smith
  • Southern N.M.: Garden pests on squash and beans, with John White

Volume 2, episode 18 - August 4, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Acoma Garden (part 1), with Curtis Smith and Claudis Pasqual
  2. Small space garden, with John White

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Acoma Garden (part 2), with Curtis Smith and Claudis Pasqual
  • Southern N.M.: Garden Pests, with John White

Volume 2, episode 17 - July 28, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Southern August checklist, with John White
  2. Pickled peppers, with Curtis Smith and Patricia Aaron

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Tomato problems, with Curtis Smith (Acoma)
  • Southern N.M.: Figs, with John White and Bill Alford

Volume 2, episode 16 - July 21, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Gardening is good exercise, with Curtis Smith and Karen Halderson
  2. Terraced columbine garden, with John White and Bertha Tangonan

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: General topics, with Curtis Smith and Patricia Aaron
    • What makes chile hot?
    • Ornamental plum jelly
  • Southern N.M.: Mailbag, with John White
    • I have a willow tree that is developing several holes in it. What can you tell me about borer control?"
      -Nancy in Alamogordo
    • "What are the spots on the side of my tomatoes: Is this blossom end rot?"
      -Lydia in Las Cruces
    • "Why are some of my vegetables developing brown leaves...especially my tomato plants?"
      -Ann in El Paso

Volume 2, episode 15 - July 14, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Pine tree problems, with John White
  2. Terraced columbine garden, with Curtis Smith and Kathy Kalen

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Mailbag with Curtis Smith
    • "I like roses but have not had much success growing them. I live at 8000 feet east of Taos. Are there any roses I can grow here?"
      -June, Taos
    • "Why is a blue spruce blue?"
      -Tommy, Santa Fe
    • "Every time I water my garden with the water hose, the soil washes away the roots of my plants unless I water so slow that it takes all day. Do you have a solution for this problem?"
      -Ken, Portales
    • "I've seen large patches of yellow plants in some of the fields. I've heard about a weed called Leafy Spurge. Is that what these weeds are?"
      -Carlos, Colfax County
  • Southern N.M.: Featurette, with John White
    • Iron deficiency in grass
    • Spraying unwanted grass
    • Spraying fire ants

Volume 2, episode 14 - July 7, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Tools for weeding the garden, with Curtis Smith and Ron Jobe
  2. Picking melons, with John White, Bob Bevacqua, and Gayla Weaver

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Featurette with Curtis Smith and Ron Jobe
    • Building tomato cages
    • Curly top virus
  • Southern N.M.: Featurette, with John White
    • Problems with summer squash

Volume 2, episode 13 - June 30, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Southern July checklist, with John White
  2. Unique terraced gardens, with Curtis Smith and Alan Tuffnell

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Daylily questions, with Curtis Smith and Rozanne Tuffnell
  • Southern N.M.: Propagating house plants, with John White

Volume 2, episode 12 - June 23, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Daylily terrace gardens, with Curtis Smith and Rozanne Tuffnell
  2. Turfgrass varieties with John White and Dr. Bernd Leinauer

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Daylily terrace gardens, with Curtis Smith and Rozanne Tuffnell
  • Southern N.M.: Mailbag, with John White and Arden Baltensperger

Volume 2, episode 11 - June 16, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Growing Blackberries in Southern New Mexico, with John White and George Dickerson
  2. New Mexico Life Zones (Rio Grande Botanic Garden) with Curtis Smith and Dale Sokkary

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Rhododendron grower, with John White (for Curtis Smith) and Bill Peden
  • Southern N.M.: Garden Tour, with John White and Alice Peden

Volume 2, episode 10 - June 9, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Shade trees, at Osuna Nursery (part 1), with Curtis Smith and Rick Page
  2. Landscape tour: the Simpson home, with John White

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Shade trees, at Osuna Nursery (part 2), with Curtis Smith and Rick Page
  • Southern N.M.: Summer weed identification, with John White and Richard Lee

Volume 2, episode 9 - June 2, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Southern N.M. xeriscape plants (part 1), with Curtis Smith (for John White) and Catherine Annetta (Desert Gardener)
  2. Summer greenhouse walk-through (Osuna Nursery) with Curtis Smith

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Northern N.M. xeriscape plants (part 2), with Curtis Smith (for John White) and Catherine Annetta (Desert Gardener)
  • Southern N.M.: Southern mailbag, with Curtis Smith (for John White)

Volume 2, episode 8 - May 26, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Xeriscape plants at Rio Grande Botanic Garden, with Curtis Smith and Melissa Topia
    • Chocolate flower
    • Lambsear
    • Snow-in-summer
    • Mat daisy
    • Ice plant
    • Artemesia "Palace Castle"
    • Golden currant
    • Salvia greggii
    • Providence lavender
    • Spanish lavender
    • Mexican evening primrose
    • Desert willow
    • Ornamental grasses
    • Blue vitex
    • Gallardia
    • Spiderwort
  2. Soil Basics with John White

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Northern June checklist, with Curtis Smith and Melissa Topia
    • Deadheading and pruning Scotch broom
    • Deadheading and pruning Jupiter's eard
    • Bindweed on Jupiter's beard
  • Southern N.M.: Southern June checklist, with John White
    • Check for spider mites on evergreens
    • Apply weedkiller (MSMA) for crabgrass or bermuda grass
    • Apply weedkiller ("Roundup") for weeds growing through cracks and rocks
    • Apply weedkiller ("Finale") for annual weeds
    • Wind pollinate tomato plants
    • Apply periodic fertilizer on vegetable plants
    • Check for fire blight on Pyracantha
    • Fertilize warm season lawns

Volume 2, episode 7 - May 19, 2001

Weekly Features:

  1. Introduction to Rio Grande Botanic Garden, with Curtis Smith and Dale Sokkary
    • Tulip tree
    • Bergenia
    • Heuchera
    • Caladium
    • Chocolate flower
    • Purple penstemon
    • Red penstemon
    • Tower of the Nile
  2. Trees for Southern New Mexico (Part 2) with John White
    • Mexican redbud
    • Chinese pistache
    • Texas honey mesquite
    • Golden ball lead tree

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Rio Grande Botanic Garden, with Dale Sokkary and children of Arroyo del Oso Elementary School
    • "Why don't cacti have leaves?"-- Dani Thurman
    • "Why do cacti have prickly spikes?"--Maria Curiel
    • "What is the big white flower in the rose garden?"--Bryanna Ortega
    • "What are the big blue flowers in the glass house?"--Katrina MacAhan
  • Southern N.M.: Trees for Southern New Mexico (Part 1) with John White
    • Montezuma cypress
    • Chitalpa
    • Mexican buckeye
    • Chinese lacebark elm
    • Burgundy desert willow

Volume 2, episode 6 - May 12, 2001

Weekly Features:

#1. Flowering plants for New Mexico (part 1), with Curtis Smith and Rick Page (Osuna Nursery)

#2. Pecan nut case bearer, with John White and Carol Sutherland

  • Columbine
  • Cosmos
  • Alyssum
  • Sierra sundrop
  • White evening primrose
  • Mexican evening primrose

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Flowering plants for New Mexico (part 2), with Curtis Smith and Rick Page (Osuna Nursery)
    • Rocky mountain penstemon
    • Chocolate flower
    • Paper flower
    • Desert marigold
    • Salvia greggii
    • Boles mauve
    • Nierembergia - purple rose
    • Blue flax
    • Gaura lindheimeri
    • Dusty miller
    • Blue sheep fescue
    • Thread grass
  • Southern N.M.: Southern Mailbag, with John White and Carol Sutherland

    • Alfalfa intercrop in orchard
    • Spider mites on pyracantha
    • Brown bumps on tree limbs
    • White insects in pruning wound

Volume 2, episode 5 - May 5, 2001

Weekly Features:

#1. Grass varieties for New Mexico, with John White and Dave Landness
[Tifton, Tifway 419, Advantage (TM) tall fescue, Turtle Turf (TM), Reveille (TM)]

#2. Roses, with Curtis Smith and Rick Page (Osuna Nursery)

  • Wild plum miniature
  • Patio miniature - hot tamale
  • Cherry cupido
  • Saffron minuetto
  • Austrian copper
  • Rosa foetida
  • Tradescant (David Austin)
  • Hybrid T
  • Betty Prior (Floribunda)
  • Angel Face (Floribunda)
  • Sunsprite (Floribunda)
  • Joseph's Coat

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Roses: Summer pruning and care, with Curtis Smith and Rick Page
  • Southern N.M.: Southern May checklist, with John White and Larry Dickson

    • Warm season weed killers
    • Insecticides
    • Time to lay grass sod
    • Warm season plants:
      • Sandpaper verbena
      • "New Gold" lantana
      • Trailing purple lantana

Volume 2, episode 4 - April 28, 2001

Weekly Features:

#1. Tips for early gardening in northern New Mexico, with John White and George Dickerson

#2. Cylinder gardening, with John White and Tom Angell

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Mailbag, with Curtis Smith and George Dickerson
    (Letuce, spinach, cucumbers too thick? Nice, juicy apricots. Lilac pruning.)
  • Southern N.M.: Pecan tree questions, with John White
    (Pruning, male and female parts, zinc spraying, proper watering, and nitrogen fertilizer application.)

Volume 2, episode 3 - April 21, 2001

Weekly Features:

#1. Bark beetle damage to Arizona cypress, with John White

#2. Flowering tree and shrub maintenance at the University of New Mexico, with Curtis Smith and Bryan Suhr

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Trees on the UNM campus, with Curtis Smith and Bryan Suhr
    (Chinese windmill palm, sophora japonica, Afghan pine, Italian stone pine, deodar cedar)
  • Southern N.M.: Soil solarization to get rid of nematodes, with John White

Volume 2, episode 2 - April 14, 2001

Weekly Features:

#1. Tree pruning safety at the University of New Mexico, with Curtis Smith and Bryan Suhr
(For a self-guided computer tour of the UNM Arboretum, go to http://www.unm.edu/~ppd/ARBTOUR/ARBTOUR.HTM)

#2. Flowering shrubs, with John White
(Includes weigela, upright rosemary, pyracantha, spiraea, Indian hawthorn, viburnum (snowball bush), and cassia (nemophila))

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Plant pruning and flowering trees, with Curtis Smith and Bryan Suhr
  • Southern N.M.: Mailbag, with John White and Larry Dickson
    • What is the best tomato variety for our area?
    • How can I stop my fruit trees from spouting at the base?
    • What is the name of the tree with the purple flower cluster? (purple robe locust)


Volume 2, episode 1 - April 7, 2001

Weekly Features:

#1. Southern April checklist, with John White

#2. Herb garden, with Curtis Smith and Joe Holdridge
Warm season flowers and vegetables

Questions and Answers

  • Northern N.M.: Cool season veggies, with Curtis Smith and Rick Daniell
    • Transplanting tomato plants in cold frame
    • How much sunlight does my plant need?
  • Southern N.M.: Featurette with John White and Larry Dickson
    • Longhorn beetle larvae
    • Aphids on roses
    • Ladybugs to combat apids
    • Systemic rose food to combat aphids
    • Buying plants that are not in bloom