Plenty of gardening, horticultural programs scheduled for new year

This is the time of year when the calendar gets loaded up with opportunities to sharpen your skills or learn more about gardening, landscaping and related topics. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides educational programs and topics to the citizens of our great state. Here is a listing of some of the many upcoming programs and topic…

Dormant Oil Sprays

Winter time is prime time to apply, if needed, a dormant oil spray to deciduous fruit, nut and certain landscape trees and shrubs to control scale and other insect pests. Horticultural oils are highly refined petroleum products for controlling scale, mites and other overwintering insects and their eggs on plants.

Pansies bring hope

Pansies, the little faces of spring, give us hope in winter and early spring. We gardeners need lots of hope during the winter doldrums.

Blueberries are perfectly suited for East Texas gardens

Growing your own food is gaining in popularity, and eating healthy is certainly a hot topic these days. One of the foods promoted for good health are blueberries, and here in East Texas, we have the right soils and climate to grow these easy and popular fruits.

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The health of the plants begins with the soil

A cold winter’s day is the perfect time to cuddle up in your favorite chair with flower and vegetable garden seed catalogs. To sketch an order, a spiral notebook always works well, as there never seem to be enough lines…

14 January 2015 [08:48 PM]
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Dormant Oil Sprays

Winter time is prime time to apply, if needed, a dormant oil spray to deciduous fruit, nut and certain landscape trees and…

14 January 2015 [07:48 PM]
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Pansies bring hope

Pansies, the little faces of spring, give us hope in winter and early spring. We gardeners need lots of hope during the…

14 January 2015 [07:44 PM]
10 habits that can damage your eyes

Certain habits can cause stress, strain and even permanent damage to your eyes. Ask yourself if you are guilty of any of these: -You wear old glasses/contacts. If your lens prescription is outdated, it could cause eyestrain, sore eyes and…

23 December 2014 [10:39 PM]
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Azaleas blooming at Christmas

Who would have ever thought we could have azaleas blooming at Christmas? Introduced by Flowerwood Nursery in Mobile, Alabama, the Encore series…

23 December 2014 [09:09 PM]
Bulbs are miraculous

Look what I found blooming already! Narcissus “Galilee” is one of the older varieties of narcissus known as Paperwhites. During the Victorian…

17 December 2014 [10:26 PM]
Planning effective windbreak

A cold, blustery winter wind can make a chilly day very miserable. In heavily wooded areas the effects of wind are minimized by the trees, and in cities buildings affect the wind. But larger suburban and rural properties often have…

17 December 2014 [08:02 PM]
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Favorite shrubs of the IDEA Garden

Punica granatum, “Nana” or dwarf pomegranate is one of our very favorite shrubs in the IDEA Garden. Evergreen in warmer years, deciduous…

19 November 2014 [08:19 PM]
Time to start thinking about a Spring garden

This is the time of year to put your flower and vegetable garden to bed, and start getting ready for your spring garden. Now that we’ve had some hard freezes, annual flowers and warm-season vegetables are finished and can be…

19 November 2014 [08:17 PM]
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Bishop Dahlia thrives in the heat

I know I have written about this beauty in the past, but it is so pretty right now, I thought you might…

05 November 2014 [08:21 PM]
Preparing flower beds for winter

In Texas, with its lovely fall weather, it is hard to think of preparing our flower beds and gardens for winter. However, it is easier to start now than doing it on a cold day or even trying to do…

05 November 2014 [08:19 PM]
Trees are important to our daily life

Trees do many things for us. They provide shade and structure, add aesthetic value to our property and provide oxygen for us daily. Trees are hardy but can sometimes be affected by disease and insect damage. The best defense for…

01 November 2014 [07:04 PM]
Camellias bring color through winter season

I was not familiar with camellias until moving to East Texas. I quickly gained an appreciation for them with their elegant glossy evergreen foliage and their stunning blooms. But I was more impressed that they begin to bloom in the…

29 October 2014 [07:08 PM]
The East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues today

The East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues today, with Greg Grant making a presentation on “Forgotten and Under-utilized Plants for East Texas.” Registration for the lecture opens at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m. This is the…

24 October 2014 [08:56 PM]