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Turfgrass Management and Weed Control (Part 1 of 3)

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, 2022 fall season has arrived (though it doesn’t feel like it to me), with a blistering start! Eventually, cooler temperatures will appear and... — Updated 9/27/2022

 

Rain Lilies: Possess an Alluring Ephemeral Nature

During a recent Orange County Master Gardener monthly meeting, fellow Master Gardener, Eddie Shaw, who counts himself a fan of the rain lily, surprised me with a gift of seeds. The... — Updated 9/20/2022

 

Fall Vegetable Gardening: Time to Plant!

Fall is in the air…well almost! Autumn officially begins in a couple of weeks, on the 22nd of September to be exact. Soon lower humidity and cooler temperatures will be upon us.... — Updated 9/13/2022

 

Trees: Transplant During Autumn

Can you believe we are now more than halfway thru hurricane season 2022? Fortunately, there have been no tropical storm developments within the Gulf of Mexico so far and I'm going... — Updated 9/6/2022

 

Ideal Companions: Strawberries and Garlic

Last week's article reviewed garlic (allium sativum) varieties which grow well in our climate. This week I want to share information on a wonderful companion plant to interplant... — Updated 8/30/2022

 

Garlic: Several Varieties Thrive in SETX

There are nearly 600 cultivars of garlic cultivated world-wide with Central Asia cultivating 120 varieties (Image courtesy Pinterest). Garlic offers several health benefits and is w... — Updated 8/23/2022

 

Soil Basics: Microbes to pH

Gardeners, hopefully most of you received rain the past week as forecast by local meteorologist. It certainly is a welcome respite and truly needed. And with the rain comes another... — Updated 8/16/2022

 

Monarch Butterflies: Endangered Species "Red List"

Gardeners, typically I refrain from being the harbinger of sad news but on July 21st, 2022, the IUCN classified one of our most majestic butterflies, as an endangered species and... — Updated 8/2/2022

 

N-P-K Fertilizers: Significance of the Letters

So, you've noticed your spring flowers have endured as much of our Texas summer heat as they can stand and decided it's time to replace them with summer blooming annuals and... — Updated 7/26/2022

 

Effective Weed Control Begins with Knowledge

Gardeners, it's another beautiful summer morning here in Southeast Texas. Rather than moving from gardening task to task, as is typical most days, I took the time to slowly walk aro... — Updated 7/19/2022

 

Timing is Everything: Establishing a Wildflower Garden

How quickly time passes us by! Another week has come and gone. Summer is going to be with us for several months, providing us ample opportunity to continue with our seasonal... — Updated 7/12/2022

 

Watering Techniques for SE Texas Gardens

Happy Independence Day everyone! I'm hoping each of you were able to spend time with family, friends and loved ones to celebrate the holiday. I spoke with my sister recently, who li... — Updated 7/5/2022

 

Summer Flowers for Texas Gardens

Spring's now past, a pleasant but hazy memory with summer officially arriving June 21st. So, for the next several months, summer will be keeping us company. This means we can count... — Updated 6/28/2022

 

A Gardeners Best Friend: Mulch (Part 2)

Hello fellow gardening enthusiasts! Last week I discussed organic mulch basics, including why using mulch in our gardens is important, as well as the numerous types of mulch. Some... — Updated 6/21/2022

 

A Gardeners Best Friend: Mulch (Part 1)

During our monthly Master Gardener meeting, I invited a fellow Master Gardener, to drop by my home Friday morning to pick nectarines from my two trees. She arrived at our agreed... — Updated 6/14/2022

 

Benefiting Plants: Coffee Grounds, Egg Shells & Epsom Salt

Let me start by saying everyone leads a hurried and hectic lifestyle, that's our world and it's not going to change any time soon! As a gardener, occasionally, you need to take a... — Updated 5/31/2022

 

Figs: Sweet Summer Fruit

Numerous fig varieties grow well in Southeast, Texas climate. Different stages of ripeness, figs' herald summers' arrival. Gardeners, it certainly seems Summers arrived early this... — Updated 5/27/2022

 

Wilting Tomato Plant Leaves: Tomato Blight or Wilt?

First, let me begin by asking you not to use the term 'blight' lightly. Many plants, not just tomatoes, are prone to disease problems. If Blight strikes your garden, you don't... — Updated 5/17/2022

 

Native Plants and Texas Superstars Make Gardening Easy

Technically, we are in the middle of spring, but it seems as though summer has arrived as our daytime temperature is above 90℉ many days, yet according to the Farmer's almanac,... — Updated 5/10/2022

 

Improving Soil: Always Begin with a Test

As many of you may already know our soil in Southeast Texas, or more specifically in Jefferson and Orange County is not optimum for most plants and can be difficult to cultivate.... — Updated 4/26/2022

 

April Gardening Tips: Let the Blooming Begin

Greetings my fellow gardening enthusiasts! Our wait is finally over, Spring is erupting into bloom all around us. Azaleas, daffodils, and numerous other spring plants are bursting i... — Updated 4/5/2022

 

Native and Perennial Plants

Previously, I have spoken about selecting the right plant for the right spot in your garden, flower bed or yard. Today we're going to talk about native and perennial plants. Many... — Updated 3/24/2022

 

Citrus: Recognizing Greening and Canker Disease

Hopefully, our recent warmer weather didn't lull any fellow gardeners into believing spring had arrived in Southeast Texas! March weather patterns are unpredictable, quickly... — Updated 3/15/2022

 

Plant Selection: Create Stunning Visual Impact

Plant choice is one of many important steps in creating a new garden design or outdoor living area transformation. Choosing the right plants for your garden space depends on a... — Updated 3/8/2022

 

Garden Checklist: March

Another season is coming to an end and very soon winter will be nothing more than a fading memory for us all. As spring nears, each passing day becomes slightly warmer, though we... — Updated 3/1/2022

 

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