NMSU News Release by Jane Moorman
The interest in gardening has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as people find time available while staying at home.
New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service professionals have experienced an increase in gardening questions. In Sandoval County, Master Gardeners have fielded 40,000 questions this growing season.
To help provide information and to answer questions, several county Extension agents and state specialists will present “Ready, Set …Grow: Online Gardening Series.”
The twice-monthly free webinar will be held the first and third Wednesday of each month beginning on Sept. 2. The free Zoom session will begin at 3 p.m.
“I wanted to offer a gardening workshop to my county residents, but with social distancing restrictions, I thought why not do something online where other counties could participate,” said Suzanne DeVos-Cole, Extension agent in Mora County. “When asking other agents for help, I discovered Bernalillo County Extension office was exploring a webinar gardening series. So we are collaborating.”
Joining DeVos-Cole in the project are Extension agents John Garlisch and Sara Moran of Bernalillo, Lynda Garvin of Sandoval County, Jeff Anderson of Dona Ana County; Extension specialist Amanda Skidmore, integrated pest management; Marisa Thompson, urban horticulture specialist; and Gill Giese, viticulturist; and Nissa Patterson, Bernalillo County Extension program assistant for school gardens project.
“We had many topic ideas from the questions that we have all received,” DeVos-Cole said. “To start, we chose a few sessions based on the more popular questions.”
Each session will feature a different gardening subject with presentations by different Extension