If you're like me, you like to think and pretend you know what you're doing in your yards and garden. You go to the nursery and buy a bunch of plants. You study the explanation on the bags of different soils, heck, you've even bought gardening tools and a wheelbarrow. I've done all that but truth be told, I put plants in the ground and hope for the best. I'm no master gardener but I know where to find some.

This weekend at the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, you can talk to master gardeners and find out what plants are best suited to our El Paso climate and soil. I always plant during the spring because I thought that was what you were supposed to do but it turns out that fall is the ideal time to plant most perennials, shrubs, and trees. They need warm soil to allow their roots to grow. By doing this, they develop a good root systems and they will be ready to handle the hot and dry early summer months.

I sound like I know what I'm talking about but I just follow what the master gardeners tell me when I go to FloraFEST in the spring at UTEP. This weekend you can get a jump on your spring and summer garden by talking with local Master Gardeners, horticulturists, and other plant experts who can guide you on how to take care of your plants at home.

The plants that you can get at FloraFEST are native plants and plants that will grow well here even though they are not native. A lot of them you won't see in local nurseries or big box nurseries. FloraFEST is October 9, from 9:00 a.m. until they sell out the plants. Parking is available at the Sun Bowl parking garage. Click here for more details.