KTEP - El Paso, Texas

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.

In a rebroadcast from Sept. 25, 2010, Norma & Bill talk with Mark Muegge, associate professor and extension entomologist with Texas A&M.  Muegge talks about the different plants and colors that attract butterflies to our landscapes, and about the types of butterflies we can commonly find in El Paso.  He also talks about the kinds of plants we can sacrifice to the caterpillars so they can voraciously feed and eventually metamorphose into butterflies!  For more information, visit the North American Butterfly Association, www.naba.org.  Aired March 23, 2013.

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about preparing for spring gardening.  It's time to cut back some of that dead winter's growth on our perennials.  Denise also talks about the right type of soil mixture for our gardening beds and container plants.  Aired March 9, 2013.

Bill, Denise, and Norma talk about why chill hours are important for certain fruit trees to bloom and set fruit, and why chill hours are difficult to calculate in the El Paso region.  They also talk about what the Master Gardeners will be presenting to the public during the upcoming Home & Garden Expo at the downtown Convention Center, March 1-3.   Aired Feb. 23, 2013.

Norma, Bill, and Denise talk about what we should be doing in our gardens & landscapes in February.  It's time to prepare our gardening beds for spring planting and to do our last-minute pruning.  Aired Feb. 16, 2013.

Norma, Bill, and Denise welcome back Master Gardener Donna Beamesderfer to talk about pruning.  What tools are essential when it comes to pruning your roses?  Plus, they about what NOT to do when pruning roses.  And...just because it's time to prune doesn't mean you have to.  Prune with a purpose!  Aired Feb 9, 2013.

Bill, Denise, and Norma talk with Master Gardener Donna Beamesderfer about rose pruning.  Why is this the best season for pruning?  Donna explains the whys and hows, and she also explains why one shouldn't panic when it's time to cut back those rose canes.

Aired Jan. 26, 2013.

Norma, Bill, and Denise talk with Jennifer Hickey, a Master Gardener and consulting rosarian with the American Rose Society.  She talks about the different kinds of roses available for sale at the Master Gardener Rose Sale, including all types of floribunda, grandiflora, hybrid tea, and EarthKind roses.  Hickey offers some advice on how to pick the right rose for your landscape. 

Orders for the Master Gardener Rose Sale will be taken through February 1.  Order forms are available online at http://txmg.org/elpaso/2012-rose-sale/ or by calling the Texas AgriLife Extension at 915-860-2515, or the Master Gardener Hotline at 915-566-1276.

Aired Jan. 19, 2013.

Bill & Norma talk about preparing for El Paso's unpredictable winter temps by protecting your plants and your pipes.  They also talk about bringing color inside your home with quick-blooming bulbs, ordering seeds for your spring garden from seed catalogs, and why to hold off on fertilizing your plants until the weather begins to warm up.  Aired Jan. 12, 2013.

In a rebroadcast from Dec. 25, 2010, Norma continues her conversation with Oscar Mestas, Regional Urban Forester, Texas Forest Service.  Mestas talks about the proper pruning tools that should be used for larger, more mature trees.  He also talks about what kind of pruning your tree needs if it has suffered wind damage or if it is planted near a utility line.  Mestas also discusses the special pruning that fruit trees might require.  Aired Dec. 29, 2012.

In a rebroadcast from December 18, 2010, Norma talks with Oscar Mestas, Regional Urban Forester, Texas Forest Service.  Mestas talks about why to prune, when to consult a professional, and why topping is a harmful practice which could lead to the demise of your trees.  Part 1 of a 2-part conversation.  Aired Dec. 22, 2012.

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about the ways we can protect our outdoor plants from the cold weather.  Plus, we'll get a sneak preview of January's Master Gardener rose sale. Aired Dec. 15, 2012.

Denise & Norma talk about the gardening activities we should be taking part in this month, including cutting back on watering and planting our spring-flowering bulbs.  Aired Dec. 8, 2012.

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about whether roses need any special care once the weather starts getting colder.  Bill also talks about his recent experience at a pomegranate workshop which convinced him to want to start a pomegranate orchard! Plus, find out which trees might provide you a pop of fall color.  Aired Nov. 3, 2012.

Denise & Norma talk about what we should be doing in our yards & landscapes in November, including selecting trees & shrubs for our yards, decreasing our watering schedule, and planting cool-weather-loving annuals. Aired Oct. 27, 2012.

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about the challenges facing people who aim to create a community garden, as well as how to turn a community garden into a success. They'll also talk about planning a winter garden, and explain why area pine trees continue to die. Aired Sept. 22, 2012.

Bill, Denise, and Norma talk about the differences between annuals and perennials and why they are both terrific additions to your landscape or patios. Aired Sept. 29, 2012.

Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about what we should be doing in our gardens & landscapes this month, including planting trees & shrubs, chilling tulips & hyacinths, and caring for our roses. Aired Oct. 6, 2012.

Denise & Norma talk about the hardy pomegranate tree and why it should be a more widely-planted tree in our region. They also talk about the benefits of composting...and why it's not as labor-intensive as you think.