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New Mexico State University

Issue: June 18

You can purchase chile varieties released by NMSU from the Chile Pepper Institute

Q. I would like to know how I could obtain chile seeds that you plant at NMSU. I live in Dona Ana, and I have a garden in which I grow chile, carrots, watermelons, cucumbers and various other vegetables, nuts and fruit. I obtained chile seeds from NMSU several years ago at a chile conference and have since run out of these seeds and would like to have some more.

Nancy R.

A. You can purchase the seeds of NMSU chile varieties (and other varieties) from the Chile Pepper Institute. This is an organization that supports chile research, education, and sells chile seeds to accomplish its' mission. The Chile Pepper Institute is located on the NMSU campus in Las Cruces, in Gerald Thomas Hall. You can visit their web site at On this web site there is a section devoted to the shop in which you can purchase seeds online. You can also call them at 575-646-3028.

You can use rabbit manure in your garden

Q. Is it safe to use rabbit manure in my vegetable and flower garden? Will rabbit manure burn plants like chicken manure?

Kathy M.


A. Rabbit manure can be used directly in the garden without burning your plants. It may also be composted with garden debris and kitchen wastes, and then added to the garden. In both manners of manure application rabbit manure is beneficial to the garden.

For more gardening information, visit the NMSU Extension publications World Wide Web site at

Send your gardening questions to:

Yard and Garden, Attn: Dr. Curtis Smith
NMSU Agricultural Science Center
1036 Miller Rd. SW
Los Lunas, NM 87031

Curtis W. Smith, Ph.D., is an Extension Horticulture Specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.