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Plants and Pipes in Cold Weather

Sam Craft
Texas A&M AgriLife

On this week’s show, Denise, John, and Jan offer tips on how to protect your plants and pipes from the cold, freezing weather at this time of the year. As the first frost of the year approaches, we want to advise fellow gardeners how to be ahead of taking certain precautions for your plants and pipes in the garden as soon as possible before they arrive. Denise will also provide more updates and information on the El Paso County Master Gardeners programs that will be available for anyone to attend.

For the Master Gardeners Program, a love of gardening and search for knowledge is the primary reason for joining. Even once trained and certified, Master gardeners can continue to volunteer with others who share their interests, gain continual horticultural training, and give back to their communities. Regardless of the size of the program, there is usually a waiting list of individuals who want to become Master Gardeners.

Additional information/Links

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

Originally aired on December 9, 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.
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