2010 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives


  • January 2, 2010
    Some warm season vegetable seed need a little extra warmth to germinate early in a cool home.
  • January 9, 2010
    You can purchase potting soils for different kinds of plants with different needs.
  • January 16, 2010
    Gophers can be trapped, but releasing them elsewhere can be cruel.
  • January 30, 2010
    Those wood ashes from winter are not good for New Mexico gardens.


  • February 20, 2010
    Now is a good time to prune deciduous trees and pruning sealer will not help and will not stop slime flux.
  • February 28, 2010
    Pomegranate plants need water in the winter and they will do better if in the ground.


  • March 13, 2010
    Fertigation, applying fertilizer with drip irrigation, can work for you.
  • March 20, 2010
    The native New Mexico datura (sacred thorn-apple) is not moonflower.
  • March 27, 2010
    Hackberry and service berry trees are safe for livestock and you can even eat the fruit from service berry tree.


  • April 1, 2010
    Yes, there are mild chiles in addition to hot chiles.
  • April 10, 2010
    NMSU Extension Service, nurseries, garden clubs, and Master Gardeners are good sources of gardening information for new residents.
  • April 24, 2010
    Vinca and other plants may have diseases, but good samples are needed to properly diagnose problems.


  • May 1, 2010
    You can grow a new aspen tree from a broken branch.
  • May 11, 2010
    Straw mulch can be helpful or harmful when starting garden seeds.
  • May 22, 2010
    Osage orange can be propagated by stem cuttings, root cuttings, layering, and seeds.


  • June 5, 2010
    Plants can be sun burned, but you can help avoid the problem.
  • June 12, 2010
    Heat of summer is a good time for planting, but difficult for the planter.
  • June 19, 2010
    Saving vegetable seeds can be interesting, but must be done properly.
  • June 26, 2010
    Peach tree borers can injure any of the stone fruit trees.


  • July 3, 2010
    Slime mold is a strange landscape invader, but beneficial.
  • July 10, 2010
    Grafting a broken branch back is not impossible, but very difficult.
  • July 24, 2010
    Foxtail grass and rabbits can be problems in lawns.


  • August 7, 2010
    Several problems can cause a tree to die after only a few years.
  • August 14, 2010
    Mushrooms are a necessary part of the landscape environment.


  • September 4, 2010
    Identify the cause of death of a plant before replacing the same kind of plant at the same site, or choose other plants to use.
  • September 18, 2010
    It is difficult, but not impossible, to start new peach trees from cuttings.
  • September 25, 2010
    You can rototill lawn clippings into the garden in the fall to decompose through the winter if they are herbicide free.


  • October 2, 2010
    Exotic loquat fruit may, perhaps, be grown in protected areas of Southern New Mexico.
  • October 9, 2010
    Science says that it is very unlikely for melons and cucumbers to hybridize, but maybe not impossible.


  • November 6, 2010
    Western cherry fruit flies are a problem in cherries in some regions of New Mexico.
  • November 20, 2010
    You can move roses and other plants late in the dormant season, or pot them now to plant later.
  • November 27, 2010
    Pine tree needles turn brown and fall off this doesn't necessarily mean your tree is unhealthy, and they can be used as beneficial mulch.


  • December 4, 2010
    Conifer aphids may persist through winter, but other aphids will disappear until spring.
  • December 18, 2010
    Daffodil are very hardy, so do not worry if they start growing early.
  • December 25, 2010
    You can prune evergreens now for a little holiday greenery, but do major pruning in late winter.

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.


For more gardening information, visit the NMSU Extension Horticulture page at Desert Blooms and the NMSU Horticulture Publications page.

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