Organic Pesticide and Disease Control class review

class pests pic

Today I taught the Organic Pesticide class and added Disease Control too as we are or will  be dealing with pests and disease soon in the middle of the gardening season. The class was great and we had good comments from some of the attendees. I talked about what’s going on the our gardens now and what insect and disease controls we can implement. Attached is the pdf from the class for anyone who wants to know what I do.


Also attached is the pdf with photos of certain insects that may be attacking our plants now as well. This is in color so it would be a great reference for you to keep when you need to identify a bug you may think is a pest.

CLass pests pics

I recommended the book, Good Bug, Bad Bug for everyone to get which is a great ID book that will show which ones are good beneficial bugs and which ones we consider pests and what crops they attack.  I got mine at Amazon.

Good Bug Bad Bug book

Then we walked around the community garden and looked for plants that are being attacked or are sick and I showed everyone the plants so hopefully it will help them go back to their gardens and look at their plants and see what is going on.

Other than the heat, I thought the class was great. Thanks to all 20 of you that attended!

Organic Pest Controls class-Sunday, July 10, 2016

Jannine Cabossel is teaching a class on Organic Pest Controls this Sunday, July 10. She will ID some of the plants in the garden with damage and go over many organic methods and organic sprays we can use to control many bugs now attacking our vegetable plants. Below is the info provided by Milagro Community Garden which is hosting the event.

flea beetle damage

Can you guess which pest is attacking this plant? (see answer below)





WHERE: MILAGRO COMMUNITY GARDEN (Off Rodeo Road east of Sam’s Club-Turn north onto Legacy Court. Garden is behind the church, ‘Church of the Servant’, on corner)

TIME: 12-2:00 PM

Taught by Jannine Cabossel, Master Gardener and the Tomato Lady at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market.

This Educational class was requested by members of the Milagro Community Garden. This class is also open to the Santa Fe Master Gardeners (they will earn 2 CE credits), Home Grown New Mexico members and the PUBLIC. FREE CLASS.

Please come and bring a hat, sunscreen, water, a folding chair and of course your questions. No need to sign up but should you have questions, email CAROLE at

ANSWER: The damage in the above photo was from the flea beetle!

Chevre cheesemaking class-Sunday June 26

chevre cheese

Sunday, June 26


Cheesemaking class: French Chevre
Back by popular demand! Learn how to make French Chevre cheese from goat’s milk
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
Instructor: Dianne Pratt
(Alessandra and Steve Haine’s house)
Class fee: $10 for members and non-members
Space is limited to 12 people-SOLD OUT

Learn how to make Chèvre goat cheese. Many people were wait listed for this class last year so we are offering it again. In France and Italy goat cheese goes back hundreds of years and it is no less popular today. In the New World, I LOVE GOAT CHEESELaura Chenel introduced her version of fresh goat cheeses to Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Chèvre, the French term for goat, has come to mean mild, fresh goat cheese in the United States.

Diane has been milking goats and making her own goat cheese for over 20 years.  She belongs to a goat tending Co-op and milk their goats once a week.  She uses fresh goats milk to produce delicious chèvre, ricotta, feta and other artisan cheeses for her family and friends. Did you miss out on last year’s class? Sign up ON WAITLIST now!

Next class: Save the Bees-Plants for Honeybees & Pollinators, Sunday June 12

bee art

We still have a few spaces left for this class. Should be a good one!

Sunday, June 12
Save the Bees-Plants for Honeybees & Pollinators

Come learn which plants to grow on your property to help the honeybees and other pollinators. You don’t need to be a beekeeper to help the bees!
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
Instructor: Paul Drumright
Location: At Paul Drumright’s house-
6 Cuesta Road • Santa Fe (Eldorado)
Class fee: free for members, $5 suggested donation for non-members

Please sign up through Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - Save the Bees-Plants for Honeybees & Pollinators

You don’t need to be a beekeeper to help bees. The bees need help in surviving especially now and you can help even if you are not a beekeeper. Paul Drumright, an avid gardener and bee keeper will teach us which plants we can grow on our properties to help them. You will see many bee helpful varieties in his garden and learn what insecticides and herbicides hurt them.

Help keep this class free! Become a 2016 Member here for only $35 – includes most classes, potlucks and tour. TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Time to start planting summer vegetables!!

growfood,not lawns








May 15th is around the corner and many of us are chomping at the bit to get growing!


My trusty KRQE weather app on my phone says we are over the freezing nights and I believe we are out of the woods.


wall of waters

However, having said that, I would not plant my tomatoes in the ground without protection. I use wall of waters to protect them from the still chilly nights.

wow done

Temperatures in the 40’s at night are still cold (just not freezing). The wall of waters will absorb the heat from the sun in the day and give it back to the plants at night keeping them warm.

Other warm season crops can be started from seed outside especially when we get up into the 50’s at night. If it gets cold again at night, cover the new baby plants with row cover to protect them-think of it as a nice warm blanket on them.

I will still WAIT TO PLANT my PEPPER PLANTS until the FIRST WEEK OF JUNE as they really hate being cold and will usually stall out if you plant those now. Just keep them in your house until then.


Spring Garden Fair tomorrow Sat-May 7

If you are a gardener, you won’t want to miss this FREE event by the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association. There will be vendors, how-to  information, garden demos, displays, guest garden speakers, a giant plant sale, food and much more! Come kick off the garden seasoning with this great event!

Home Grown New Mexico will have a table there with all kinds of info on what classes we still offer this year! Come by and say hi!

Tomorrow-Saturday May 7, from 9 am-3 pm at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds on Rodeo Rd.


Spring Beer Brewing class

Brewing Class1

Our next class is also a fundraiser for Home Grown New Mexico and has been a fun class in the past. Come learn how to brew your own beer at home!

Sunday, April 24 and May 8—Fundraising event!
Spring Beer Brewing-two day workshop

Sunday, April 24-1st session, 11 am to 3 pm-bring a sack lunch
Introduction to the Extract Method of Beer Brewing
learn how to brew your own beer at home
Instructor: Duskin Jasper
Location: Liquid Light Glass Studio-926 Baca Street • Santa Fe, NM (next to counterculture cafe)
Fee: $35 for members and non-members for both

Class is limited.  Please sign up for this 2 day class through Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - Introduction to the Extract Method of Beer Brewing

This is a two part class. In the first session using basic ingredients such as malt extract, hops, water and yeast we will brew 12 gallons of beer with simple equipment that is readily available to the home brewer. Then in the second session we will bottle the beer we made 2 weeks earlier. Each student will take home some beer.

Sunday, May 8, second session-11 am to 3 pm. Bring a sack lunch
Spring Beer bottling-Part 2 of the Beer making workshop
Learn how to bottle the beer you made on April 24
Instructor: Duskin Jasper
Location: Liquid Light Glass Studio • 926 Baca Street • Santa Fe, NM (next to counterculture cafe)