2019 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives


  • January 26, 2019
    Don't Jump to Conclusions When Diagnosing Tree Problems (Part 1)


  • February 2, 2019
    Don't Jump to Conclusions When Diagnosing Tree Problems (Part 2)
  • February 9, 2019
    Controlling Annual Weeds: Timing is Everything with Goatheads and Sandburs
  • February 23, 2019
    Salt Problems with Houseplants, Caliche Soils, and Get Those Bulbs in the Ground ASAP!


  • March 2, 2019
    Piñon Needle Scale (Part 1): Identification Tips and Life Cycle Secrets
  • March 9, 2019
    Piñon Needle Scale (Part 2): Suppressing Pest Populations
  • March 30, 2019
    Late Frost Fear: Protecting Fruit Trees from Losing the Entire Crop to Freeze Injury


  • April 6, 2018
    Picky Now, Pick Later: Selecting the Right Fruit Tree for Your Garden
  • April 20, 2019
    Managing Aphid Outbreaks on Fruit Trees (and Other Plants)


  • May 11, 2019
    Aphid Issues Pop Up in Surprising Spots on Urban Trees


  • June 8, 2019
    Raised Bed Gardening Tip of the Day: Don't Do What I Did
  • June 15, 2019
    Local Tips for Raised Beds and Other Gardening Styles



  • August 10, 2019
    Tomato Flavor: Where Did It Go and How They're Bringing It Back
  • August 17, 2019
    Pollinator or Pest? When To Draw the Line With the Lepidoptera Order (Moths and Butterflies)




  • November 16, 2019
    Chill Seeker: Some Fruit Trees Are Very Picky about Temperatures During Dormancy


  • December 30, 2019
    Mistletoe Ranges Are Changing; So Are Recommendations On What To Do About It

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.

Please copy your County Extension Agent and indicate your county of residence when you submit your question!