2018 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives



  • February 3, 2018
    New Mexicans are the First Line of Defense in Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer Attack
  • February 10, 2018
    White-Washed Tree Trunks Reduce Incidence of Southwest Injury on Trees with Thinner Bark



  • April 7, 2018
    Gardening in New Mexico is Different From the East Coast
  • April 14, 2018
    Getting Your Orchids to Bloom Again and Again in New Mexico
  • April 21, 2018
    Selecting a Grape Variety for Your Area of New Mexico
  • April 28, 2018
    Grape Girdling for Sweetness Is Different than Tree Girdling for Demise


  • May 5, 2018
    Zotheca Tranquila: Cool Name for a Cute Caterpillar
  • May 19, 2018
    Give it a Grow: Vegetable Growing Tips for NM Gardens


  • June 2, 2018
    Through Thick and Thin: Managing Fruit Load on Backyard Trees
  • June 30, 2018
    Saltcedar Eradication Takes Patience and Persistence


  • July 14, 2018
    Draining or Retaining? Fungus Gnats and Other Side Effects of Poor Drainage


  • August 11, 2018
    Grafting Vegetables Isn't Effortless, but Could be Advantageous
  • August 25, 2018
    Short Answers to Pressing Questions: Rotting Fruit, Summer Pruning, and Squash Bugs



  • October 13, 2018
    Seasonal Deadheading Decisions: Deadheading Works on Some Flowers Better than Others, but Timing is Everything



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.

Send gardening questions to Southwest Yard and Garden - Attn: Dr. Marisa Thompson at desertblooms@nmsu.edu, or at the Desert Blooms Facebook page.

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