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TIME TO PLANT YOUR TREE

By Debbie Roland, Master Gardener Did you know that this is the time to plant trees?   Most of the trees sold in our area are container-grown which are grown in the container in which they are sold.  In the fall, a containerized tree has started going dormant for the winter. With cooler temperatures and better rainfall, there is less stress, so it will hardly know that it has been transplanted into the ground. They may also have a “container habit” which means that the roots are contained Continue Reading...

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FOR THE BIRDS

By Debbie Roland, Master Gardener The first real cold front has arrived.   We are probably within a few weeks of the first freeze.  When that happens the birds will be looking for the three basics - water, food, and shelter.   If you enjoy having birds in your yard in the warmer months, you may want to start taking care of them now.  You can feed all year but it is more important as natural food supplies diminish and it is more difficult for them to find food and a safe place to sh Continue Reading...

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FALL – CLEAN UP TIME

Carol Siddall, Master Gardener I love fall.  The temperature is cooler, and it is fun to be out in the garden.  The perfect time for clean up. Clean it up: You will want to remove weeds, plants that have died, and any leaf debris.  This is where pests and diseases like to over winter. Cut back your perennials: Since these plants come back next spring, cutting off the foliage a few inches above the ground is preferred. Continue Reading...

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COMPOST

By John Geib, Master Gardener Temperatures are cooler, football season is starting.  Fall is coming.  Now is the time to start thinking about your compost pile for next year.  Compost is the best soil amendment for our yards and gardens here in west Texas.  Compost will help your soil retain moisture after intermittent rainfall.  It also allows for rain to soak into the soil and not puddle as much.  Compost can help bring our highly alkaline soil closer to the perf Continue Reading...

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CONEFLOWER AN HERBAL REMEDAY

Carol Siddall, Master Gardener You may know the coneflower by the botanical name Echinacea.   It has been used as an herbal remedy for colds, flu, fighting infection, boosting your immune system, plus other remedies.  My daughter-in-law is a big believer in using Echinacea for colds.  I also have been known to take it, not knowing at the time it was made from the coneflower. Gardeners really like the coneflower as it starts blooming in early summer and continues for months.  Coneflowers do Continue Reading...

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RAINWATER HARVESTING

Bruce Shearer PBMG Rainwater, Earthkind, and Irrigation Specialist “Rainwater Harvesting” is the capture and collection of rainwater to be used at a later date. To our ancestors, using cisterns to capture and hold rainwater was a way of life.  It is hard to think of doing this after receiving over 3" of rain this last week, and a hurricane going on, but in West Texas it is needed. Rainwater is great for landscape use. It is free of salts, minerals, Continue Reading...

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WINEMAKING 101- LEARN THE BASICS

By Jeff Floyd, Midland County Extension Agent and Debbie Roland, Master Gardener.   Have you wondered what it would be like to make your own wine?   Are you looking for a new hobby?   Winemaking is fairly simple and requires very little equipment. Dr. Justin Scheiner, Assistant Professor of Viticulture at Texas A&M University, and Extension Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension, will be teaching basic winemaking on October 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Midland County AgriLife Ext Continue Reading...

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COMPOSTING WITH WORMS

My name is Red. I’m a composting worm. Most people just call my family red wigglers. My friends, family, and I are very beneficial to your plants because we help recycle your kitchen garbage that you would have thrown out. We give you compost called Vermicote or casting but it’s really just worm poop. Some people make compost tea out of the vermicote.  It’s called liquid gold because it is so good for your plants. A Styrofoam ice chest, an old refrigerator or freezer makes Continue Reading...

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SPICE UP YOUR LIFE THIS FALL WITH A KITCHEN HERB GARDEN

by Master Gardener Barbara Porsch – Herb Enthusiast Hopefully the dog days of summer are dwindling down and fall will be in the air soon.  There are many herbs that love the cooler weather and can be planted now and can be grown through the winter.  If you have a bright sunny window you can have a kitchen herb garden.   It is so handy to pinch off a leaf here and there to flavor your food. If you don’t have the requisite  bright sunny window, these herbs can be grown ou Continue Reading...

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