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Gardening New Year’s Resolution

Photo by Laura McKenzie
Texas A&M AgriLife

On this week’s show, Denise and John offer tips on New Year’s resolutions to local gardeners and how to keep up with their gardens at home. Some of these resolutions include preparation for sudden temperature or weather changes, being water efficient, environmental stewardship, native plants, 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.

The Masters Gardeners program itself has spread throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. Started in 1981, the El Paso County Master Gardeners was the first program to start within the state of Texas and continues to grow in numbers. The primary reason volunteers join the program is the love of gardening and the search for knowledge.

Additional information/Links

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

Originally aired on January 13, 2024

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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