Victory Gardens

Easy Container Gardens for Growing Food or Testing Innovations

Today’s informed consumers are growing food at home to ensure that what they are consuming is both free of pesticides and rich in nutrients. These growers are quick to learn there are a lot of confusing so-called best practices for gardening, pest management, and soil amendments. No doubt, some of this confusion centers around over-anxious sales people promoting their products. ...

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Trace Minerals Keep Cut Flowers Looking Fresh

Photo of fresh cut flowers

  The cut flowers shown in this infographic were grown in New Mexico at Calhoun Flower Farms (http://www.calhounflowerfarms.com).  Tune into Episode 25 of our Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets Podcast, coming in September, 2019.  Hear why the gals at the Calhoun Flower Farms are helping New Mexican’s Sniff the Tradition.

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Healthy Plants Keep Pests at Bay

If you are wondering how to keep pests off your tomato plants this summer, it is worth knowing that plants have numerous built in defense systems that keep insects and disease organisms in check.  In fact, when insects are nibbling on your garden vegetables, it is likely that improper irrigation, poor soil quality, or missing nutrients have compromised the plant’s ...

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Spring Gardening In New Mexico

First time gardeners may be tempted to focus on the plants they want to buy, but if you are growing a garden to feed your family, soil health and nutrition comes first.   In Episode 15 of Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets, horticulture specialist Libby Hamilton shares tips to help New Mexico gardeners succeed growing vegetables at home. Listen to learn about ...

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Ygy Extension Team Supports Regenerative Aggies

The Regenerative Aggie Scholarship Fundraiser helps students committed to regenerative agriculture. Donate at http://giving.nmsu.edu/RegenerativeAggies.html

     A big step towards our  vision of building sustainable farm networks was made possible in November with help from participating Youngevity Members and NMSU community donors.  On November 26, 2018 we held our first annual Regenerative Aggie Scholarship Fundraiser.  The date was strategically planned to take advantage of Cyber Monday online shopping, and Giving Tuesday community donors.   Outcome ...

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Considering Nopales for Arid Land Specialty Crops

Nopales, or Prickly Pear cactus, include numerous species of the genus Opuntia which thrive in poor soils and arid lands. These cacti can be grown and harvested for their tunas, or fruit, and for their pads.  They thrive in deeper, well drained soils, and can tolerate pH levels as high as 7.8.   California researchers have investigated the use of Nopales as ...

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Permaculture and Healthy Eating

Suzanne Ricketts of Plano Texas has always embraced healthy eating.  Like so many of us, her understanding of what healthy eating represents has changed over the years.  A pioneer in our Cultivating Victory movement, Suzanne recently joined us to discuss how interests in nutrition led her to permaculture.   Today, she produces healthy produce year round in her back yard garden. ...

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Fungal Rich Compost Supports Vigorous Plant Growth

Fungal superhighways operate underground to decompose minerals and nutrients from soil and deliver them to plants.  For this reason, fungi are powerful, yet too often overlooked additions to plant production.  Many industrial agricultural techniques damage these fungal communities, resulting in less than optimal crop yields, reduced crop nutrition, and increased need for agrochemicals.  As a result, many organic farmers, and even ...

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What Exactly is a Biological Soil Crust?

Soil Crusts are Tiny Communities that Can Help You Build Healthy Soil Did you ever walk out in the desert following a rainstorm?  If so, you may have noticed a thin black or green layer  on the surface of the soil.   Of course. you may have noticed a sprinkling of dry, black powder on the soil surface on a sunny day too, ...

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Water Retention in a Wood Chip Garden

Few characters I dealt with in my years as as a researcher were as colorful as Chuck Redman.  Chuck was a retired solar energy technician who had dedicated many lab hours during his career to exploring the movement of adsorbed water.   After retirement, Chuck had become fascinated with the hypothesis that significant amounts of water in trees could move ...

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