Despite some concerns, fresh wood chips make good mulch

Good gardeners know that a generous layer of mulch will help garden plants in many ways. Some of the benefits include reduced weeding, cooler soil in the summer, water conservation (need less frequent irrigation), and the slow addition of organic matter as organic mulches break down.…

Winter doesn’t stifle golden acorus’ color

Our gardens contain many different species of decorative grasses. Take this golden acorus (Acorus graminius ‘Ogon) for instance. You can’t find more bang for your buck. As you walk up to the IDEA Garden from any direction, this grass gleams a rich bright gold.

Barrett Browning very easy-to-grow daffodil

I know you are getting tired of me talking about daffodils, but let me tell you about one more. The beautiful member of the Narcissus family in the photo is named Barrett Browning.

Prepare garden soil for late winter, early spring planting

Here’s hoping spring arrives quickly! The recent bout of wintry weather reminds us that we are not out of the winter woods yet. Our average last freeze date is mid-March, and for those of you who have lived here a while will remember, it has snowed in April.

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Fruit and vegetable conference Feb. 24

The East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference is set for Feb. 24 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center, 3805 NW Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches. The event will cover fruit and vegetable production practices. The multi-county program, which is open…

07 February 2015 [08:25 PM]
Mystery plant makes beautiful shrub

Dear Neil: I ran into this tree with this unusual fruit late last fall. The tree is now bare, but I’ve had no luck in getting it identified so I could buy one myself. The seeds are like olive pits,…

04 February 2015 [11:33 PM]
Gardening lecture series begins Monday

Staff reports Starting Monday, the Tyler Public Library will present a weekly series of three gardening lectures to help residents get a head start on the spring growing season. Each lecture will take place in the Taylor Auditorium from 11…

03 February 2015 [02:09 PM]
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]