Down to Earth
A Gardener’s Guide to the Albuquerque Area

Table of Contents

Basics 
Highlights of High Desert Gardening 
Weather Data   
Climate in the Garden   
Soils   
Amendments, Fertilizers, and Mulches   
Water   
Olla Irrigation-Ancient Practice, Modern Application   
Compost   
Vermicompost   
Insects, Diseases, and Vertebrate Pests  
Weeds and Weed Management   
Pesticide Safety   
City Of Albuquerque Ordinances Affecting Gardeners 

Calendar  
Seasonal Events   
January   
February   
March   
April   
May   
June   
July   
August  
September 
October 
November 
December

Seven Areas
Geology of Albuquerque 
East Mountains Gardening 
Foothills Gardening 
North Valley Gardening 
South Valley Gardening 
Placitas Gardening
West Side Gardening

 

Ornamentals
Plant Propagation 
Trees 
Shrubs 
Vines
Annuals and Perennials 
Ground covers 
Bulbs 
Houseplants
Cacti 
Agaves and Yuccas 
Succulents
Ornamental Grasses 
Xeric Plants - Bloom Times and Colors 
Herbs  
Poisonous Plants 

Fruits and Vegetables  
Fruits  
Vegetables  
Vegetable Gardens 

Landscaping  
Landscape Design  
Lazy Gardening  
Ergonomic Gardening: Gardening with Less Pain  
Gardening for Accessibility  
A Landscape for ALL Seasons  
Choosing a Good Installation or Maintenance Company  
Selecting the “Right” Plant  
Planting - Pretty Basic?  
Preventive Maintenance in the Landscape  
Spring Landscape Maintenance 
Lawns  
Reducing Yard Waste - Grass Clippings 

Specialty Gardens  
Xeriscape Gardening  
Wildlife Habitat Gardens 
Gardening with Children  
More Gardening with Children  
Water Gardens  
The Small Garden  
Rock Gardens  
Container Gardens  
Terrarium Garden  
Insectary Garden  
Greenhouses 
 Extending the Growing Season  
Permaculture 101  
Water Harvesting - An Overview 

Master Gardeners 
Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners 
Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service  
Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service  
Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service  
Submitting Pest and Disease Samples 

Local Resources 
Public Gardens  
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park  
Gardens at UNM  
Albuquerque Garden Center - Los Altos Gardens  
Albuquerque Rose Garden 
Montgomery Park Tree Walk  
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  
Valencia County Water Conservation Garden  
Albuquerque Garden Clubs and Plant Societies  
Creating A Community Garden  
Community Farms  
Area Growers Markets 

Plant Sources 
A Directory of Nurseries  
Mail Order Resources  
Other Plant Sources 

Information Sources 
Gardening Websites  
Gardening Magazines  
Books for the Southwest Gardener’s Library 

Index