Fall Tomatoes

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Fall Tomatoes by Byron Chitwood, Master Gardener. It might sound like it is too early to plant fall tomatoes, especially when the ones that were planted in the spring are at the height of their production. However, if fall tomatoes are expected to mature before the frost gets them, they should be planted now or very soon. Unfortunately, not many transplants are available this time of the year, but if you are lucky enough to find some, buy and plant them as soon as possible. They will require… Read More →

Monarch Butterflies

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Monarch Butterflies by Byron Chitwood, Master Gardener. Monarch Butterflies reach our area in early to mid spring.  Surprisingly some of these butterflies overwintered in the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere in Mexico. Some of the later spring migration that you witness may be the offspring of earlier ones that migrated from Mexico and reproduced along the way.  There are several other mass migrations of Monarchs, some of which are the ones west of the Rockies and others that overwinter in Florida.  The ones that we see and are interested in… Read More →

Turfgrass

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Turfgrass by Karla Basallaje, Master Gardener. Because it serves so many purposes and provides many benefits, it is easy to forget that turfgrass is likely the largest plant in your garden. Not only does it provide your home with curb-appeal, it controls soil erosion and runoff; it limits dust and noise, as well as helping to dissipate heat. As with other plants in your garden, they need care; more specifically, your lawn needs to be mowed, watered and fed. Ideally, it would make sense to start with a… Read More →

Fire Ants

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Fire Ants by Byron Chitwood, Master Gardener. It’s that time of the year when you begin to notice that you have fire ants in your yard or pasture. Actually, they have been there all through the winter. They just set up housekeeping deeper underground to avoid the cold. Now that the temperature has warmed up, they have moved closer to the surface of the ground, especially after a rain. As the water level rises after a rain, fire ants will build a fluffy mound above the surface of… Read More →

Garden Tour – Garden #4: Hunt County Heritage Garden

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The Master Gardeners of Hunt County invite you to come to our Garden Tour on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 2217 Washington Street, Greenville; the Garden Center, 4701 Stonewall Street in Greenville, and Steve’s Nursery, 4386 Hwy. 34, in Cash. The Garden Center and Steve’s will be selling tickets until the day of the Garden Tour. You may also buy tickets electronically through Eventbrite. On the day of the tour, tickets can also be purchased… Read More →

Water Efficient Gardening

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Water Efficient Gardening by Wayne Bowman, Master Gardener. There’s one constant fact of gardening: If it grows, it needs water. This includes the garden you call your lawn, your flower beds, and that patch where you struggle to grow a few edible vegetables. In case you haven’t noticed, Northeast Texas is booming, and there’s no end in sight. A critical issue for now and in the future is maintaining an adequate supply of quality water. The pressure on an already limited supply is increasing with the population. Other… Read More →

Hanging Baskets

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Hanging Baskets by June Morgan, Master Gardener. Hanging baskets can add much to the outdoor porch and deck summer decor, but it can be a challenge to keep them looking their best. Proper siting, basket design and proper watering are key elements of good management. The best setting is a protected area which allows sunlight from above or the sides such as a deck canopy out of the strong winds which will tear the plants apart.  In contrast to the ordinary solid plastic container, the larger mesh basket… Read More →

Summer Vegetable Gardening

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Summer Vegetable Gardening by Karla Basallaje, Master Gardener. Hot Texas summers do not necessarily signal the end of our time in the garden.  There are a variety of vegetables that can be sown from April through early May for harvest in the summer.  In addition, some of these vegetables can be planted on a staggered schedule to reap a continuous harvest throughout the summer.   The goal is to keep your garden growing and producing fresh harvests.  Planting different varieties of the same vegetable can also help make the… Read More →

Raised Bed Gardening

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Raised Bed Gardening by Wayne Bowman,  Master Gardener. Spring; time to look ahead to planting, growing, and eating our own fresh vegetables.  So, you thought you’d try your hand at raised beds, since you don’t have loads of space.  Great!  First, though, you’ll need to build it, and planning is the key. When planning your raised beds, placement, materials, size, and use must all be considered. Placement:  Just about any nearly flat surface is good.  For many, however, there’s another consideration; the Home Owner Association.  If you live… Read More →

The Aggie Method of Leaf Propagation – and This is No Joke

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“The Aggie Method of Leaf Propagation – and This is No Joke” by Master Gardener Sylvia Leeds as published in African Violet Magazine March – April 2018.