Extension service to offer gardening workshops in April

By Audry Olmsted

Spring is in the air and green-thumb enthusiasts are itching to get outdoors and toil in their soil.

New Mexico State University experts want to help hobbyists be successful this growing season and the Quay County Cooperative Extension Service will feature several of them in a series of free gardening workshops in Tucumcari during April.

“We are getting warmer days and nicer weather,” said Tom Dominguez, agricultural agent for Quay County. “People are wanting to get outside and work in their yards and we want them to start out the growing season with as much information as they can get on growing a better garden.”

On April 7, Richard Flynn, an NMSU soil agronomist, will give a talk on better gardening and how to accomplish it.

On April 14, Tess Grasswitz, an NMSU Extension entomologist, will offer tips on pest control in organic gardens.

On April 21, Curtis Smith, a retired NMSU Extension horticulturalist, will discuss the do’s and don’ts of purchasing plant material.

On April 28, Stephanie Walker, assistant professor with NMSU’s Extension Plant Sciences, will talk on how to grow award-winning tomatoes in northeast New Mexico.

There will be time during each workshop for questions. Dominguez said the level of detail of each presentation will depend on the level of expertise of the participants.

All four workshops will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Quay County Extension Office at 216 E. Center St. in Tucumcari. Each workshop will last approximately one hour. Refreshments will be served during the workshops.

Pre-registration is not required, but Dominguez requests that interested participants contact the extension office so he can make adequate preparations.

For more information on the gardening series, contact Dominguez at 575-461-0562.