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NMSU Extension to hold series of gardening workshops in Tucumcari

Spring is in the air! Time to don a pair of sturdy work gloves, grab your spade, and get outside and garden. Whether you are looking to brighten your landscape with a kaleidoscope of flowers or want to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for your dinner table, New Mexico State University wants to help you grow the best garden possible.

The Quay County Cooperative Extension Service in Tucumcari is holding a series of free gardening workshops in April and May that will highlight various gardening techniques. The sessions will be teleconferenced from Las Cruces to Tucumcari, as well as to the Guadalupe County Extension office in Santa Rosa and Union County Extension office in Clayton.

"With the weather getting warmer, people are starting to get out and work on their gardens," said Tom Dominguez, Extension agricultural agent for Quay County. "Through this series of workshops, we want people to gain the knowledge and tools they need so they can apply what they have learned right away in their own home and garden."

On April 5, Tess Grasswitz, an Extension entomologist, will talk with participants about new insect threats to be aware of in New Mexico.

On April 12, Curtis Smith, a retired Extension horticulturalist, will discuss composting for the home and garden.

On April 26, Jeff Anderson, a horticulture agent for Dona Ana County, will give participants information on annual colors for container gardening.

On May 3, Stephanie Walker, an assistant professor with NMSU's Extension Plant Sciences, will show attendees how to grow award-winning tomatoes.

There will be time during the workshop for participants to ask questions of experts.
All workshops begin at 5:30 p.m. Participants in Tucumari can view the speakers at the Quay County Extension office. For more information about the workshops in Tucumcari, contact Dominguez at 575-461-0562 or email tdomingue@nmsu.edu.

For more information about the series in Santa Rosa, contact the Guadalupe County Extension office at 575-472-3652. For information about the workshops in Clayton, contact the Union County Extension office at 575-374-9361.