Autumn treeWinter will be here soon. In the desert we sometimes experience colder winter winds and freezing temperatures that can harm our homes and landscapes.

Now is the time to learn some simple techniques to protect your plants, trees, landscape and pipes.

Master Gardener Jodi Starkey will offer great ideas on how to prevent winter injury and harm to your landscape. Pre-registration is requested.

MumsOver the next few months, even people who do not have much in the line of a “green thumb” will start buying or receiving plants. Brightly colored mums in foil-wrapped pots can be the perfect host gift, and those of us who prefer not to use cut flowers will often try something different, like a potted orchid, for a dining table centerpiece.

Even plants with dramatic or different kinds of leaves become presents.

From about the end of September, right on through the New Year, people give and get more houseplants than they do during the other nine months.

Learn the “tricks of the trade!”

Picture of canned goods on shelf

The photo was taken in 2014 at a farm shop in England.

 Cooperative Extension is hosting an Extended Season Marketing Opportunities for Farm and Food Products workshop on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The workshop is designed for growers and small food producers looking to expand or diversify their direct marketing activities by taking advantage of the growing consumer demand for local foods and food-based experiences.

The workshop will focus on the aspects of marketing fresh and valued-added products through farm shops, winter stands and farmers’ markets, and tourism outlets.

To register, or for more information, please visit Cooperative Extension’s website.