September 2020 - October 2021 Ready, Set, GROW!

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

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 are listed 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 days of the live "show"). Scroll further down for info on previously aired webinars in our ongoing series.

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

Upcoming "Ready, Set, GROW!" Webinars for 2021 Click highlighted session titles below to register for each class

  • June 2 -- Gardening with Kids & Ag in the Classroom -- Gardening activities for adults to do with kids! Great for parents and teachers! Presented by Nissa Patterson and Kateri Sava. Nissa Patterson is the Program Assistant for the School Gardens Project with Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension. Kateri Sava is the Coordinator of School Garden programs for Albuquerque Public Schools. Presentation Slides

  • June 16 -- Preserving the Harvest -- Cindy Davies, retired Family Consumer Science Agent with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service in Bernalillo County, shares food preservation and safety tips for home gardeners.


Looking ahead in 2021: "Ready, Set, GROW!" Webinars from July through October Registration links will be added here

  • July 7 - Plant Diagnosis with Phillip Lujan & John Garlisch
  • July 21 - Medicinal Plants with Dr. Ivette Guzman
  • Aug 4 - Container Gardening with Dr. Marisa Thompson
  • Aug 18 - Planning for Fall Vegetable Gardening with John Garlisch
  • Sept 1 - Growing Fruits with Suzanne Cole and Sara Moran
  • Sept 15 - Cover Crops with Dr. Stephanie Walker and Dr. Bradley Tonnessen
  • Oct 6 - Healthy Soils!
  • Oct 20 - Composting!

all topics and presenters are subject to change

Previously-aired "Ready, Set, GROW!" Webinars

Pest Management for the Home Garden - May 19 - presented by Dr. Amanda Skidmore, the NMSU Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist. Dr. Skidmore helps us all avoid common garden pests this season using proven IPM techniques!

Permaculture for the Home Garden - May 5 - presented by Valencia County Extension Agriculture Agent Lynda Garvin.

Grapevine Management - April 21 - NMSU Extension Viticulture Specialist Dr. Gill Giese explains when to do what with your grapevines based on their cycle of growth, including watering, fertilizing, managing the canopy and heat stress, and when to harvest.

Planting the Vegetable Garden - April 7 - John Garlisch with the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service helped us start this season off on the right foot!

Tree Pruning Basics - March 17 - Dr. Marisa Thompson, NMSU Extension Urban Horticulture Specialist

Designing Landscapes for Diversity - March 3 - Dr. Amanda Skidmore, NMSU Extension IPM Specialist

Winter Weed Management - Feb 17, 2021 - presented by Dr. Leslie Beck, NMSU Extension Weed Specialist

Starting Seeds Indoors - 3 Feb 2021 - led by Nissa Patterson - NMSU Bernalillo Extension Program

Health Benefits of Gardening - Jan 20, 2021 -- with Suzanne Cole, Mora County Extension

Houseplant Care - Jan 6, 2021 - with John Garlisch of Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension

Holiday Wine Pairings for New Mexico with Dr. Gill Giese

Gardening Gift Ideas

Taking Care of the Winter Landscape

Selecting and Planting Trees

Seed Saving

The Humble Herb - Oct. 7, 2020 - Suzanne Cole, Mora County Extension

Pollinator Habitat for the Fall/Winter Garden

  • 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 - CLICK HERE FOR THE RECORDED SESSION ON YOUTUBE Please note that full closed captioning will be made available as soon as possible, using this link.

  • Presentation Slides

Planting the Fall Veggie Garden - Sept. 2, 2020 - with John Garlisch, Bernalillo Extension

For more information, contact Marisa Thompson