Area farmers struggling with water restraints

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Area farmers are having to deal with water restraints limiting them to seasonal crops or even preventing them from planting crops.

Tucumcari awarded tree grant

QCS staff The Forestry Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department has awarded $6,000 in Forest Re-Leaf grant funding for tree planting at the Tucumcari, Recreation Center. “The importance of establishing community forestry programs in our urban areas is growing every year,” said New Mexico State Forester Arthur “Butch” Blazer in […]

Planting time

By Leonard Lauriault Planting time will soon be upon us. I know; lots of things should’ve been planted in February or March, like peas or spring oats. Other things, like wheat and alfalfa, shouldn’t be planted until mid-August in Quay County (and only then if we have a full lake for alfalfa). Alfalfa should be […]

From pruning to planting, tips for the winter

By Tom Dominguez, Quay County Extension Here are some dos and don’ts for the new year as we move into the colder months of January and February. l

Fall is ideal time for planting

Finally, fall is here. The weather is becoming slightly cooler, and gardeners are slowly migrating back outdoors after record-breaking heat this summer. Now is a perfect time to add a new tree or a grouping of shrubs to the landscape. Or perhaps you have an area in the landscape that needs ‘remodeling’ or rejuvenating. The […]

January’s to-do list for gardeners

By Tom Dominguez In preparation for your spring garden, here’s a checklist for January. l The life of the flowering pot plant received as a Christmas gift can be prolonged with proper care. Keep the plant out of range of heating ducts and away from heating units. Keep in a cool room at night, preferably […]

Yard and Garden: Winter check list

By Tom Dominguez Now that there are fewer garden chores, take time to browse gardening catalogs or search the Internet for those hard-to-find favorites. Place orders for seeds this month so you will have them available when you are ready to plant. By ordering early, you will be more certain of getting the varieties you […]

Yard and Garden: Roses for fall planting

By Tom Dominguez Fall is the best time to plant trees, shrubs, many perennials, vines and roses. Recent rain and cooler temps make an ideal environment for planting. A great opportunity to see what you should be planting is to just drive around town. Look for those roses and shrubs that are very healthy, provide […]

Steps to prep your garden for fall, winter

By Tom Dominguez Now is the time to sow seeds of the many cool-weather vegetables, greens and herbs that thrive through New Mexico relatively mild winters. The fall and winter cool season is often more dependable for growing these crops than the spring season. • Coleus and caladiums require plenty of water this time of […]

Yard and Garden

By Tom Dominguez Here’s a checklist of item for your yard and garden through July and August: During this season of hot weather, extra care should be given to watering plants thoroughly and deeply. Caladiums require plenty of water at this time of the year if they are to remain lush and active until fall. […]