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Care for Gardening Tools in the Fall

Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Laura McKenzie

On this week’s show, Denise, John, and Jan offer tips on caring for your garden tools during the winter season and the differences between using hand tools compared to power tools. Caring for your tools at this time can help them in longevity (or lasting longer throughout the seasons) and plant pathology (not spreading any pest or bacteria throughout your garden, causing damage to your plants.) Denise will also provide more updates and information on the El Paso County Master Gardeners programs that will be available for anyone to attend.

The Master Gardener program has been expanding throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries. The El Paso Master Gardener program has been in service since 1981 and is still growing with new members today. Volunteers have contributed over 400,000 hours of their time and talent to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Additional information/Links

  • Visit the  El Paso County Master Gardeners website for questions, tips, and upcoming calendar events:

Originally aired on November 26, 2023

Denise S. Rodriguez, County Administrator and Horticulture Extension Agent, is an El Paso native who earned her BS and MS in Horticulture at New Mexico State University. Denise previously worked at the AgriLife Research Center at El Paso where she was part of a research team focusing on determining the drought and salt tolerance of low water use plants in urban horticulture. She has tailored her home gardens to be kid friendly in hopes of inspiring her own children to engage in gardening.
John White, is a volunteer host on Good to Grow on Saturdays at 11:15 AM. He serves as curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.
Jan Petrzelka is a voluntter host on Good To grow on Saturdays at 11:15 AM. She is a Master Gardner with the Texas A&M Extension service and conducts workshops on gardening.
Edward Reyes is an intern who helps with editing and mixing audio for KTEP’s show “Good to Grow.”
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