2020 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives




  • March 7, 2020
    It's Not Too Late to Prune Your Roses, But it Might Be Too Early!
  • March 21, 2020
    Rarin' to Grow: Get Outside and Show Those Weeds Who's Boss


  • April 11, 2020
    Pollination of Plants in the Gourd Family (Cucumbers, Squashes, Melons, and MORE!)


  • May 9, 2020
    Turfgrass Water Requirements and Water Conservation
  • May 16, 2020
    Match Maker: Picking the Right Tree for Your Area
  • May 23, 2020
    Lichen on Trees May Be a Sign of Decline, But It's Not the Lichen's Fault


  • June 6, 2020
    Juvenile Reddening: Red Tips & Purple Leaves on New Growth
  • June 20, 2020
    Supporting Pollinators & Beneficial Insects in Backyards and on Farms



  • August 1, 2020
    Curious and Curiouser: Tortoise Beetles Are Weird and Cool
  • August 29, 2020
    Summer Pruning Is Okay and Maybe Even Better Than Waiting Until Late Winter



  • October 3, 2020
    Virtual Extension Events: Join Us Online for Engaging Webinars
  • October 17, 2020
    Pain in the Grass: Protecting Cold-Sensitive Plants Over Winter



  • December 19, 2020
    Climate-Ready Trees: Planting Smarter for a Warmer (and hopefully shadier) Future

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!