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Albuquerque Millennium Garden Workshop Set for July 19

ALBUQUERQUE - New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service will hold a mid-season Millennium Garden Workshop on July 19, 2000, at the Bernalillo County Extension office at 1500 Menaul NW in Albuquerque.

The morning session, beginning with registration at 8 a.m., will include presentations on soils, plant nutrition, drip irrigation, pest control, and mulches for weed control and water conservation. The afternoon session, which will be held at NMSU's Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center starting at 1:30 p.m., will include a presentation on new grape cultivars and a garden tour. The center is located at 1036 Miller St. SW, 3 to 4 miles south of Los Lunas on Highway 314.

"Participants are encouraged to bring plants with insect, disease or nutrient problems to the station in a cooler and let the speakers diagnose the problems," said George Dickerson, Extension horticulture specialist in Albuquerque.

The workshop is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Millennium Garden initiative, which encourages the establishment of new community gardens and expansion of existing community gardens that donate at least 10 percent of their production to feed the hungry. Individual gardeners are also encouraged to plant a row for the hungry.

The workshop is free to all gardeners, but participants are asked to RSVP to Bob Pate, Bernalillo County Extension agent, at (505) 243-1386.