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Pecans in West Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Laura McKenzie

On this week’s show, Denise, John, and Jan offer tips on what pecan tree owners and gardeners can do to stop any pest issues from occurring and keep your pecans healthy. Within Texas, growing pecans is important when it comes to commercial use and economic advantages and we want to let you know how to look out for Pecan Weevils and the health advantages of eating pecans for your heart, blood vessels, and more. Denise will also provide more updates and information on the El Paso County Master Gardeners programs that will be available for anyone to attend.

Started by County Extension Agent John White, the El Paso Master Gardener program started in 1981 and the first program in the state. The love for gardening and search for knowledge is the primary reason volunteers join the program. Today, there are over 6,000 Texas Master Gardeners based throughout the state, contributing their time 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 11, 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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