2009 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives


  • January 10, 2009
    Poinsettias will freeze outside in New Mexico.
    It is difficult to force lilac twigs to bloom early indoors.
  • January 24, 2009
    Fire prevention pruning may increase chances of bark beetle attack, but pruning paint won't help.
    Siberian elm may be used to create a "shrub" hedge.


  • February 7, 2009
    If you want to grow blueberries in New Mexico, you must work to modify soil pH.
  • February 21, 2009
    Manage weeds to reduce curly top virus this summer.
    Yes, you can grow okra in New Mexico.


  • March 7, 2009
    Restarting a "rested" garden is like beginning a new garden.
  • March 21, 2009
    Be careful when using fertilizer combined with post-emergent herbicide.


  • April 4, 2009
    You can save your poinsettia for next year if you are willing to take the effort.
  • April 11, 2009
    Gardening in New Mexico is different from the East Coast.


  • May 2, 2009
    Wisteria seed planning and peach tree seedlings.
  • May 9, 2009
    Which is better? Rock mulch or bark mulch?
  • May 23, 2009
    You can keep birds from eating your seedlings.
  • May 30, 2009
    Are there any roses that will grow in Cloudcroft?


  • June 6, 2009
    Transplants can be shocked by the transplant process.
  • June 13, 2009
    You can grow stevia in New Mexico during the summer.
  • June 17, 2009
    There are several potential causes for a tree to appear to die suddenly.


  • July 4, 2009
    There are options if a tree is too close to a house.
  • July 25, 2009
    Blossom end rot in New Mexico is due to hot, dry conditions.
    Tomato spotted wilt virus is a problem in New Mexico.


  • August 1, 2009
    Fruit trees do not usually bear good quality fruit the first year after planting.
  • August 8, 2009
    Extreme pruning of euonymus now can cause problems in some parts of New Mexico.
  • August 18, 2009
    Transplanting New Mexico locust and Russian olive and what to do with a tree the wind broke.


  • September 5, 2009
    Early September is a good time to prepare houseplants for wintering indoors.
  • September 12, 2009
    My houseplants have gotten too large to bring indoors. They will not fit where I kept them last winter. Is it OK to trim them back?
  • September 19, 2009
    Gourds may be edible, but often not tasty. Be sure you know what you are eating.
    Now is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs.


  • October 25, 2009
    There are some trees, shrubs, and vines to give red fall color in New Mexico.


  • November 28, 2009
    Fruit flies or fungus gnats? You need to identify insects to properly manage problems.


  • December 26, 2009
    Pinching to remove flowers buds helps keep some coleus plants attractive.

Desert Blooms Website

Marisa Y. Thompson, PhD, is the Extension Horticulture Specialist, in the Department of Extension Plant Sciences at the New Mexico State University Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center, email: desertblooms@nmsu.edu, office: 505-865-7340, ext. 113.


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