My turn: Spring is revitalizing

My rose garden was really in bad shape. Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll. So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season … trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut […]

Club notes

Encanto Garden Club Vice President Marcella Roy presided at the November meeting of Encanto Garden Club. Refreshments were served by Jane Rybolt as the business meeting began. A lively discussion of feasible holiday projects followed. Encanto will sponsor Two Angels at Cannon Air Force Base in support of our local service men and women’s families. […]

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Encanto Garden Club The Encanto Garden Club invites the community to come and experience a free entertaining and educational morning Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Muffley’s Meeting Room, 1430 N. Thornton. Horticulture expert and master gardener Jeannie Augenstein will present in full costume, the food, clothing and lifestyle of the early Europeans. For more information […]

Moms Gear: Make gardening easier with ergonomic gardening tools

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Maggie O’Neill It’s one thing to work with a commonplace handheld garden trowel, but quite another to use an ergonomically-designed tool. The founder of Radius Garden Tools has created four handheld products that enhance a gardener’s digging experience and provide more ease when planting, weeding and cultivating. These tools are curved at the handle — […]

Club notes — July 31

Encanto Garden Club Members of Encanto Garden Club met in July to make plans for the Curry County Fair Flower Show which is held each year in the Home-Arts Building. President Helen Martinez distributed Fair Books and reminded everyone to familiarize themselves with the special instructions. Schedules were completed for accepting entries on Monday and […]

Moms Gear: Dig around with gardening gloves that are made to last

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Maggie O’Neill Whether you’re putting new plants in your garden or pulling out stubborn weeds, you’ll find that the Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves last much longer than cotton run-of-the-mill counterparts. In all actuality, these fitted garden gloves resemble a fancy pair of driving gloves with their leather cushioning on the palms and Velcro closures […]

Vegetable garden wife’s nightmare

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

Club notes — June 19

Encanto Garden Club Encanto Garden Club met June 8 in Melrose at the homes of members Jeanne Augenstein and Lori Frazure. Friends and neighbors accompanied the Master Gardeners through the raised vegetable beds, ground covers, flowers and bushes. Winding paths showcased various plants, which survive and thrive in this harsh southeastern New Mexico climate. Refreshments […]

Child Sense: Remember your child’s dominant sense while starting a garden together

Priscilla J. Dunstan Family activities are wonderful for creating memories, building family unity and having fun. It’s important to pick activities that the whole family can enjoy, remembering that not everyone enjoys things in exactly the same way. Building a spring garden together, while using each child’s dominant sense, can make each part of the […]

Engagements — May 8

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Allison-Cox [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Tim and Jo Allison of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Sara Beth Allison of Portales, to Brain Andrew Cox of Clovis, son of Andy and Mary Cox. The couple will be married 6 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2011, at the Rose Garden in Clovis. The […]

Ticket feature: Home and Garden Show begins Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico The annual Home and Garden Show begins Saturday, running through Sunday and promises a full house of vendors, products and ideas. With something for the whole family, organizer Todd Farrell said this year about 50 percent of the 78 vendors who have signed on to show products are new and the show […]

Club notes — March 27

Encanto Garden Club Encanto Garden Club met March 9 at Muffley’s Back Door meeting room. During the business meeting plans were finalized for the April out of town road trip. Lori Frazure presented the program, “Spring Planting Suggestions for Curry County.” She distributed informational handouts and a lively question/answer/discussion followed, especially in vegetable gardening. Wan […]

Tuesday morning briefing: School money, the home show and loyalty tests

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Vendors needed The annual Clovis Home and Garden Show is still seeking vendors. The show is April 9-10 at the Clovis Civic Center and was attended by an estimated 3,500 folks last year. Contact the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico for more […]

Club notes — Nov. 7

Encanto Garden Club The October meeting of Encanto was called to order by president Helen Martinez. Cleo Duran read the Gardener’s Prayer and guest, Shirley Holtcamp was welcomed. Unanimous approval was given to change the monthly meetings to second Wednesdays. Jacque Wuest displayed a holiday swag, which she had made, giving pointers on construction and […]

Engagement — July 25

Ortiz-Garcia Esequiel Ortiz and Mary Cothern of Beeville, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Andrea Ortiz of Portales, to TJ Garcia of Portales, son of Toby Garcia and Mary Cruz of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. Aug. 7, 2010, at The Rose Garden in Clovis. A reception […]

Airmen join community in garden project

USAF photo: Greg Allen Airmen from the 33rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon build a chicken coop for Gabriel’s Garden, a community project that provides fresh vegetables and eggs for the needy. The garden is the idea of Clovis resident Lori Yanez who named it after her deceased husband, Gabriel, who envisioned a garden that […]

Club notes — July 18

Encanto Garden Club Encanto Garden Club met July 8 at Muffley’s Backdoor with Coral Whitaker reading The Gardner’s Prayer. President Helen Martinez presided after welcoming guest, Sharon Sipler. The 2010 Fair Books were distributed and various aspects of the upcoming Flower Show were discussed. It was generally agreed there is need for more information for […]

Business feature: Green thumb spurs business

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Freedom New Mexico Curt and Lisa Jaynes have been sowing seeds for more than five years in Portales with their business, Garden Source Nursery and Landscaping. Curt Jaynes has been gardening all his life and felt this would be something he enjoys doing. He said it was his idea to open a gardening store. “I’ve […]

Gardening fruitful experience

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist I had threatened to put in a garden for the last three summers. The last several weeks we’re finally enjoying the fruits of our labor. Back in the spring I tilled up a spot in the southwest corner of our yard and planted a variety of vegetables. Overall the new […]

Engagement: Curnutt/Marez

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Rodney and Tina Curnutt of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jessica Curnutt of Portales, to Joshua M. Marez, son of Jacob and Elly Marez of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 10:30 a.m. June 24, 2008, at the Sunken Garden in Hillcrest Park, Clovis. A reception will follow at […]