Rio Grande Basin Initiative project featured on HGTV
A demonstration garden cared for by Sandoval County Master Gardeners in New Mexico was recently featured on the Home and Garden Television (HGTV) cable network series Gardening by the Yard, hosted by Paul James. On March 15, the Rio Ranchos Water-Wise Demonstration Garden was aired on an episode titled Xeriscaping, Drought-Tolerant Plants, and Wise-Water Practices.
The Rio Ranchos garden demonstrates drip, sprinkle, spray, and bubble irrigation systems; bark, pecan, wood chip, crusher fine, and gravel mulches; and water harvesting techniques such as dry creek beds, swales, berms, and drain ways leading to catchment areas.
The Rio Ranchos garden is a cooperative effort of the New Mexico State University's Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Services Master Gardener Program; the city of Rio Rancho; the Rio Grande Basin Initiative, a federally funded project administered by the Texas Water Resources Institute and New Mexico State University; and local Rio Rancho businesses and community volunteers.
Gardening by the Yard, a 30-minute television program that first aired in 1996, is designed for people interested in time maintenance skills for garden upkeep of common, backyard, garden problems. James is not only the show's host, but its creator, writer, and senior producer, and he shoots almost the entire show in his own backyard. James focuses on all-natural approaches to gardening.