September 2020 - March 2021 Ready, Set, GROW!

a FREE Webinar Series on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 3 pm

Have you been cooped up in the house too long, dreaming about starting your own vegetable garden or landscape garden? Or maybe you're an avid gardener who's continually learning new things and noticing new problems? Either way, gardening at home has huge benefits for both physical and mental health, plus short- and long-term environmental benefits, if done sustainably.

With a surge in gardening questions and requests for gardening presentations, the New Mexico State University - Cooperative Extension Service is offering this FREE "Ready, Set, GROW!" gardening series to share recommended gardening practices.

Presenters will include County Extension Agents and State Extension Specialists with experience in horticulture, insects, and food.

Webinars will be on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 3 pm. The topics are below with registration links. Sign up separately for each of the classes you would like to attend!

Each webinar is being recorded too! Links to the videos and presentation slides will be added as they become available (within a few weeks of the live "show").

Cherry Tomatoes from the NMSU Learning Garden at the NMSU Ag Science Center at Los Lunas
Cherry tomatoes from the NMSU Learning Garden in Los Lunas. Photo credit Marisa Thompson, Aug. 2020.

Presented By:
New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service
The NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas
NMSU Department of Extension Plant Sciences

Planting the Fall Veggie Garden

  • Sept. 2, 2020 - 3 PM

  • John Garlisch, Bernalillo Extension, presenter

  • Late Summer is the perfect time to replant vegetables that like to ripen when it is cool. Start to plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Frost will be starting in a couple of weeks in some parts of New Mexico!

  • Event occurred on Sept. 2 - Check back soon for the video presentation link.

  • Presentation Slides

  • Worksheet Handout

Pollinator Habitat for the Fall/Winter Garden

  • Sept. 16, 2020 - 3 PM

  • Amanda Skidmore, NMSU Integrated Pest Management Specialist, presenter

  • Want to provide food and shelter to protect pollinators during fall and winter? Dr. Amanda Skidmore will present tips about providing resources to support the pollinator community in the garden.

  • Event occurred on Sept. 16 - Check back soon for the video presentation link.

  • Presentation Slides

The Humble Herb

Seed Saving

Upcoming "Ready, Set, GROW!" Webinars in 2020

  • Nov 4 -- "Planting Trees in the Fall" with Doña Ana County Extension Ag/Hort Agent Jeff Anderson

  • Nov 18 -- "Taking care of Winter Landscape" with Marisa Thompson

  • Dec 2 -- "Gardening Gift Ideas" - Join the Ready, Set, GROW crew as we share our favorite garden-related books, tools, and gear!

  • Dec 16 -- "Hybrid Grapes, Hardwood Cuttings, and Holiday Wine Pairings for New Mexico" with Gill Giese


Upcoming "Ready, Set, GROW!" Webinars for 2021

  • Jan 6 -- "Health Benefits of Gardening" with Suzanne Cole

  • Jan 20 -- "Houseplant Care" with John Garlisch

  • Feb 3 -- "Starting Seeds Indoors" with Nissa Patterson

  • Feb 17 -- "Winter Weed Management" with Leslie Beck

  • Mar 3 -- "Designing Landscapes for Diversity" with Amanda Skidmore

  • Mar 17 -- "How to Diagnose Diseases and Disorders?" with John Garlisch


For more information, contact Marisa Thompson