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Good To Grow

Saturdays at 11:15am

Gardening in the El Paso Southwest has always been a challenge. Enthusiasts have to contend with a variety of problems: scarce annual rainfall, less than ideal soil composition, and extreme temperatures among others. But southwestern gardening aficionados always seem to find a way to keep our desert blooming, beautiful and fruitful.

Each Saturday, Good to Grow will answer the many questions gardeners may have about plants, growing conditions, and proper care for El Paso’s varied gardens.

Good to Grow won 1st place in the annual Texas Master Gardener Conference in 2010.

August is coming to an end, and so is the summer. But that doesn’t put your garden on pause! Many native plants wait all year long for the cooler temperatures, and now is the time to help them prepare. On this week's Good to Grow, we shared some fall gardening tips.

This week, we opened up our inbox and took a look at some of your questions. One, in particular, pertained to container gardening during this hot time of the year. We shared tips on how to keep your container gardens alive, vibrant and not susceptible to the summer heat.

We've seen some outrageous examples of poor pruning of native plants. This week, we shared tips on the do's and don't's when it comes to pruning your garden.

We're coasting through summer! But your gardens may be struggling. This week, we share some tips on how to be proactive with your garden care. 

Shade gardening in El Paso? Yes! We can turn this challenge into a welcoming spot in your garden filled with color, wildlife, and an area of relaxation. This week, we continued our conversation on how to tackle those tricky shaded areas in your garden.

Having a hard time selecting plants to fill in a shady area in your garden? This week, we share tips on how to keep your garden colorful and full during the summer season.

It's summertime and our gardens are thriving - but are you? This week we share some basic gardening safety tips to keep you healthy and safe this gardening season.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - but that's not always the case when it comes to weeds. Spurge, bindweed, and puncturevine are common weeds this time of the year. But first, you need to identify them in order to control them. This week, we share tips on how to tend to your garden if facing an issue with weeds.

It's hot, hot, hot! And we need to keep ourselves and our plants healthy throughout the summer heat. This week, we shared tips on how to water efficiently this season.

Though it's still Spring, climbing temperatures may have you thinking otherwise. However you choose to spend your summertime, we hope that you spend a little time in the garden. We share some outdoor watering tips to keep you cool while keeping your wallet happy.

Plants are only 1 part of a community garden - it's when people come together that has the greatest impact to help the garden grow. This week we spoke with Nancy Ramos, Communications Director with the Diocese of El Paso, about El Paso's newest community garden.

Meet some native El Pasoans... we're talking plants, not people! This week we discussed recommendations, uses, and management of your native plants in your backyard gardens. 

Warmer weather brings all sorts of visitors to your garden - some good, some are pesky. This week, we shared tips on how to control some of those unwanted guests. 

Going green is not just for St. Patrick's Day! Whether you're planting trees or expanding your vegetable garden, we'll give you some design tips on how to make it happen.

In the past, we’ve encouraged you to plan your garden. Well, now is the time to put on your gardening gloves and get it done! This week, hosts shared tips on composting, veggies and flowers for your spring and summer gardens.

  Prepare beds for planting warm-season flowers and vegetables.  Incorporate a two to three inch layer of organic material such as compost, per hundred square feet of bed area.  Peat moss, although commonly recommended as a soil amendment for other areas, is not good to use here in the desert southwest.  If exposed to the air, peat moss will serve as a wick, thus removing moisture from the soil—the exact opposite of the situation you are trying to create.  

Want to put together a salsa garden? Well, we may not be experts in the kitchen but we can share some garden tips to plant your tomato and chili seeds now that'll be ready to harvest come summer time. County Extension Agent, Denise Rodriguez, Garden Curator, John White, and Master Gardener Jan Petrzelka have these tips and much more on this week's Good to Grow.

Don't get caught up in the weeds! Take action now to control your winter weeds and your garden will thank you come the spring. Proper identification and timing are the keys to effective weed control, and Good to Grow hosts are here to help.

Everything's coming up roses! From pruning to planting, roses are in the ground and in the garden center. They are also America's favorite flower and can be purchased as cut flowers or as live plants. This week, we share some tips to help you maximize your gardening efforts.

Tree pruning is both an art and a science. Tree health and longevity depends heavily on the care we give our trees during the dormant season. Good to Grow hosts share tips on how you can better care for your trees during the winter season.

Though it may be a little too early in the season to stop and "smell the roses," it is certainly the perfect time to prune your roses in order to see some beautiful blooms come the spring. As a bonus, Good to Grow hosts share details on where you can go to get hands-on experience. 

Add a new native species to your garden. Plant a food you haven't tried before. Are these gardening resolutions? Or gardening tips? Well, we think they're both! Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White share more ideas to help spruce up your garden for 2018.

Happy New Year from Good to Grow! This year, we want to push you out of your comfort zone and try something new in your garden. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and John White share some new ideas you can incorporate into your garden to kick off 2018.


If you're thinking of adding a tree to your landscape, we'll offer tips on how to find that perfect tree in the nursery, and what to do when you bring it home.  Our guest is Mickey Merritt, West Texas Regional Urban Forester.


Did you know that El Paso is an urban forest with over 1 million trees?  On this program, we visit with West Texas Regional Urban Forester, Mickey Merritt, who'll tell us the duties of an urban forester, and he'll share some tips on tree selection.

Do you know when it's going to freeze? Or maybe how cold it'll get this winter? Well, neither do we! But that's not going to stop us from sharing on how to protect your plants from the cold winter weather. 

Are you looking for a modern updated approach to your Christmas tree? Or are you brave enough to try a Juniper, Italian Stone Pine or even a Rosemary Bush? Good to Grow hosts share some ideas to help you think outside the box for this holiday season. 

Whether you're putting up your Christmas tree, creating a beautiful centerpiece or adorning your door with a festive wreath, winter in a wonderful time to decorate your home with greenery. This edition of Good to Grow focuses all on tips to help you care for your favorite winter plants.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With the holiday season in full swing, we share a few gift ideas for gardeners to inspire you as you go about your holiday shopping. Great tips and ideas for the gardeners in your life!

It's time to prepare for the cold winter weather in our El Paso gardens. There are several tasks that need to be added to your to-do list and Good to Grow hosts Denise Rodriguez and Jan Petrzelka shares these simple tips to take great care of your garden this winter.