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Water Conservation for Vegetable Gardening

Laura McKenzie
Texas A&M AgriLife

On this week’s show, Denise and Jan offer tips on how to conserve your water usage when planting vegetables in your garden. As tomato planting season is starting up soon, we will be discussing different ways to reduce water usage and keeping your soil and vegetables healthy as they grow within this desert climate, even going over the importance of sprinkler systems checkup, adding compost soil, early tomato planting, etc. 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 John White, the El Paso County Master Gardeners has been in operation since 1981. The El Paso County program also has an association that regularly meets and provides opportunities for learning and leadership. Master Gardener projects can vary too, such as answering homeowner questions, classroom gardening at schools, speakers, community and demonstrating gardens and informational booths

Additional information/Links

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

Originally aired on March 16, 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.
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.”