Experts advise gardening caution

Tonjia Rolan With spring just days away and temperatures hitting the mid-80s this week, area residents may be anxious to start greening up lawns and planting gardens. Local lawn and garden experts urged gardeners not to get in a hurry and advised those itching to get outside to put their energy into preparatory work, until […]

Clovis resident says gardening is her passion

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Ernestine “Ernie” Tennefos is an ordained Elder on the staff of Portales Church of the Nazarene and a counselor at the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis, where she primarily counsels recovering addicts. Why do you do this kind of work? You always hear people say you should work at a job that doesn’t feel […]

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 — […]

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 […]

Best part of gardening is sharing

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Linus of Peanuts fame would be proud. “The Great Pumpkin” hasn’t descended on my garden but “The Great Zucchini” has arrived. I’m not sure how a person can carefully search a garden each morning for squash and cucumbers that are just the right size for tenderness, then out of the […]

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 […]

Belly dancing, affordable meals among booths at annual Woman’s Day

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Hey, ladies, grab a sip of organic coffee, take a look at the jewelry and brush up on the latest skin care, gardening and cooking tips. Portales Women’s Club is hosting its Fifth Annual Woman’s Day Out 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 4 at the Eastern New Mexico […]

Women plan for annual day out

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Variety, education and entertainment will be offered to women in the community during the third annual Women’s Day Out program on Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Portales Woman’s Club, will be held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena in Portales. “It’s just a way for women to […]

Manure’s allure

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Chicken, horse, cow, bat and even human manure are nothing to turn your nose up at when it comes to soil enrichment, according to local gardening experts. Using manure for gardening and lawn care is a timeless agriculture practice proponents swear by for its value in adding nutrients and organic […]