LOS JARDINEROS

 Garden Club of Taos

Monthly Newsletter

 June 2018


PRESIDENT'S LETTER

Guess we need to do a rain dance! Hopefully the monsoon season will begin on time – June 15.


I hope you all got the chance to stop by the Lilac Festival in May.  Reggie Mosser, John Mayer, Kathy Fortner and a host of other members did a wonderful job representing Los Jardineros by welcoming festival goers, providing lilac care advice and, most of all, for providing a huge tent of gardening crafts for children. The children were having a great time, their parents were grateful for activities for their children. Hopefully, we convinced many to plant more lilacs throughout Taos County.  Thanks to everyone who helped prepare craft supplies and worked in the two tents.

Please sign up to work during or before the tour. We still need docents and parking attendants for the day of the tour. There are also jobs distributing posters and postcards before the tour in the surrounding communities. The posters and post cards will be available at our meeting on June 21.  We have 4 great venues for the tour and gourmet lunch boxes available at the Fechin (order by July 31st at TheTaos Art Museum website.)  You may pick them or sit in the restored garden and eat them.

A thank you goes out to Karen Delqueldre for finding 4 homes for our Members Only Tour on July 6, from 9am to 12pm.  Directions to the gardens will be distributed to all members the last week of June via mail or email, according to your preference.

Last but not least Taos Beautiful is around the corner.  As you travel around Taos County take note of any attractive landscaping at businesses or non-profits.  Take pictures and send them to the Los Jardineros email, ljtaosnm1949@gmail.com.

See you at our next meeting on Thursday, June 21st.

Nancy Johnson, President

Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos

Gardening Know How

Try looking up the name of that new plant in your garden on http://www.gardeningknowhow.com.  This website was started out as a small hobby after one gardener, Heather Rhoades, noticed that there were not a lot of friendly, non-intimidating places on the internet for a gardener to get information.  She uses her 22 years of gardening knowledge and that of many other gardening experts to answer most of your gardening questions.

Here are some tips on gardening in a drought from Gardening Know How:

Proper soil is crucial to gardening without water. Soil with plenty of organic matter incorporated will hold moisture better than gritty, porous soils or clay compositions which allow little of the water to percolate to plant roots.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Gardening Without Water – How To Garden In A Drought https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/gardening-without-water.htm
  • Proper soil is crucial to gardening without water. Soil with plenty of organic matter incorporated will hold moisture better than gritty, porous soils or clay compositions which allow little of the water to percolate to plant roots.
  • The timing of planting also plays an important role. Avoid installing plants in the summer when providing adequate moisture for establishing roots can be difficult. Plant in your rainy season to take advantage of the free water and give plants a chance to adjust.
  • The time of day to plant is also important. Do not plant during the heat of the day but rather wait until evening or plant in the early morning.
  • When you do water, water deeply to encourage a healthy root zone. Irrigate in the early morning or in the evening when sun’s rays won’t have a chance to evaporate the water before it reaches the plant’s root area.
  • Keep competitive weeds out of the garden. One of the most efficient systems for conserving water is a drip system. These are easy to install and allow only the plant to receive water right at its root zone. Use tree rings around trees and larger plants.
ead more at Gardening Know How: Gardening Without Water – How To Garden In A Drought https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/gardening-without-water.htm

Read more at Gardening Know How: Gardening Without Water – How To Garden In A Drought https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/gardening-without-water.htm
Tips for Gardening in a Drought Proper soil is crucial to gardening without water. Soil with plenty of organic matter incorporated will hold moisture better than gritty, porous soils or clay compositions which allow little of the water to percolate to plant roots. The timing of planting also plays an important role. Avoid installing plants in the summer when providing adequate moisture for establishing roots can be difficult. Plant in your rainy season to take advantage of the free water and give plants a chance to adjust. Established plants need less water because they have had a chance to develop a large root base and taproots if applicable. This allows the plant to more efficiently gather moisture. The time of day to plant is also important. Do not plant during the heat of the day but rather wait until evening or plant in the early morning. You can still have bountiful harvests and beautiful flowers even in drought conditions if you choose the right plants and follow some rules on water usage. First, apply a thick layer of mulch around all of your plants. This will conserve moisture, help prevent competitive weeds and gradually nourish the roots. When you do water, water deeply to encourage a healthy root zone. Irrigate in the early morning or in the evening when sun’s rays won’t have a chance to evaporate the water before it reaches the plant’s root area. Keep competitive weeds out of the garden. One of the most efficient systems for conserving water is a drip system. These are easy to install and allow only the plant to receive water right at its root zone. Use tree rings around trees and larger plants.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Gardening Without Water – How To Garden In A Drought https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/gardening-without-water.htm
Tips for Gardening in a Drought Proper soil is crucial to gardening without water. Soil with plenty of organic matter incorporated will hold moisture better than gritty, porous soils or clay compositions which allow little of the water to percolate to plant roots. The timing of planting also plays an important role. Avoid installing plants in the summer when providing adequate moisture for establishing roots can be difficult. Plant in your rainy season to take advantage of the free water and give plants a chance to adjust. Established plants need less water because they have had a chance to develop a large root base and taproots if applicable. This allows the plant to more efficiently gather moisture. The time of day to plant is also important. Do not plant during the heat of the day but rather wait until evening or plant in the early morning. You can still have bountiful harvests and beautiful flowers even in drought conditions if you choose the right plants and follow some rules on water usage. First, apply a thick layer of mulch around all of your plants. This will conserve moisture, help prevent competitive weeds and gradually nourish the roots. When you do water, water deeply to encourage a healthy root zone. Irrigate in the early morning or in the evening when sun’s rays won’t have a chance to evaporate the water before it reaches the plant’s root area. Keep competitive weeds out of the garden. One of the most efficient systems for conserving water is a drip system. These are easy to install and allow only the plant to receive water right at its root zone. Use tree rings around trees and larger plants.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Gardening Without Water – How To Garden In A Drought https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/gardening-without-water.htm
Read more at Gardening Know How: Gardening Without Water – How To Garden In A Drought https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/gardening-without-water.htm



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June Meeting: Gardening the Winery Way

June 21st 9:30 am

Michele Padberg, a true Taoseno and owner of Vivac Winery in Dixon, will be discussing the challenges of growing and maintaining an organic vineyard in New Mexico.  She will also talk about the watering system from the Rio Grande and soil amendments necessary for maintaining healthy grapes.  Afterward, there will be a wine tasting with some of Vivac’s special wines.

Taos Tennis Meeting Room at 88 State Road 150.

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Pictures from the May 31st Field trip to Elsbeth Bobbs' Gardens









 

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