Man faces felony drug charge

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Thomas Garcia More than 350 marijuana plants were seized from two separate pot farms operated in San Miguel and Guadalupe counties. Mark Hardage, 49, is being charged with felony marijuana distribution after New Mexico State Police seized marijuana worth $218,000 from both of his ranches, said Lt. Cleo Baker of the state police. Baker said […]

Will plants survive after last week’s freeze, snow?

By Tom Dominguez, Quay County Extension Recent calls have requested help and questions about how damaging our cold front was last week.

Prescriptions for indoor pest control problems

By Tom Dominguez, Quay County Extension There are several insects that are common on houseplants at this time of the year. These include aphids, mealy bugs, and scale insects. Spider mites are not insects (they are mites with 8 legs, not 6 like an insect). Of these, the spider mites may do the most damage […]

Pruning keeps landscape looking good

By Tom Dominguez, Quay County Extension To keep your landscape at its healthy best, start a regular pruning program. The following guidelines from the American Nursery and Landsape Association (ANLA) explains the basics. Nursery professionals are an excellent source of additional information. l Remove spent flowers to stimulate growth and additional bloom; otherwise, plant energy […]

May Checklist for your garden

By Tom l It is not too late to sow directly into the soil seeds of sunflower, zinnia, morning glory, portulaca, marigold, cosmos, periwinkles, and gourds. Achimenes, cannas, dahlias, and other summer-flowering bulbs can also be planted in May. l Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to mature and yellow before removing. l Pinch back the […]

Plants, humans often have same growth requirements

By Leonard Lauriault Earth Day is celebrated this week, and each year, our elementary school celebrates this holiday at the Tucumcari Outdoor Classroom, just north of the school. Last year, I demonstrated some plant growth requirements and since man has similar needs, I converted the presentation into an article. First, for a seed to become […]

How to diagnose grass ailments

By tom Dominguez, Extension Service Winter kill is a general term used to describe the loss of turfgrass plants during winter months. It can be caused by factors such as: low temperature kill (freeze damage), desiccation (drying out of plant material), disease activity and insect damage such as grubs. In most years, desiccation is the […]

Yard and Garden: Pointsettias

By Tom Dominguez History of the Poinsetta Native to Mexico, the poinsettia originated in a region near the present-day city of Taxco. Joel Robert Poinsett, a Southern plantation owner and botanist, was appointed the first United States Ambassador to Mexico (1825-1829). While visiting Taxco, he was struck by the beauty of the brilliant red plants […]

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 […]

Tips to keep pests away from plants

By Tom Dominguez If you don’t like bugs, weeds and other pests taking over your yard, follow these quick tips to a happier and healthier landscape. Pick the right plant The one most important decision you will ever make is to select plants that are well adapted to the area. Some plants have more pests […]