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By Debbie Roland, Master Gardener As Master Gardeners we are asked all the time “How can I become a Master Gardener?”  Permian Basin Master Gardeners did not have a trainee class in 2018 so we are expecting a large turnout in January.  The class size will be limited and applications are being filled out now. The Master Gardener program operates under the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and provides horticultural training to local residents.   Our area has unique Continue Reading...

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Barbara Porsch – Herb Enthusiast I decided to talk about Calendula -Calendula officianalis - this month because IF you can find it, now is a good time to plant it in your garden.  For years, I tried to get it to sell at our plant sale. Finally soaked in that now is the time to plant it – not spring. And, yes, I have seen it in local nurseries recently. A couple of years ago, at Christmas I went to a lovely nursery in Tomball called Arbor Gate and found some. Continue Reading...

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by Carl White Master Gardener To those who are unaware, this is one garden pest whose life objective is to destroy your garden or flowers. Though so small, about 1/10th of an inch, 5 of these small insects will become 500 in only a few days. The active insect is the female that develops a hard shell about her and in this adult stage is harder to kill. They feed, quickly drain life from the plant, lay their eggs then die. Males develop with wings and when found Continue Reading...

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Carol Siddall, Master Gardener One of the favorite plants in my garden is the Geranium.  Few plants offer such a great variation in flower color, growth habit, leaf pattern, and scent.  Lush growing geraniums look good in a bed all by themselves, mixed in with other annuals, or used as an edging in your flower garden. In fact, these plants are perfect for any spot that calls for a splash of vibrant color. In our area, geraniums cannot make it  through the winter outside u Continue Reading...

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Carl White, Master Gardener Almost as effortless as the Daffodil, the Lycoris bulb family is a sure success for the gardener. Now is the time to order bulbs for Fall planting and for beautiful blooming next summer. Lycoris bulbs will surprise the gardener in that they are somewhat unpredictable in their blooming. One day is a blank space, the next is a flower stalk that surprisingly appears.  The more common, Lycoris radiata, is the Spider Lily which blooms in late August to September. The co Continue Reading...

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Carol Siddall, Master Gardener Lantana consists of more than 150 species.  They are mostly natives of the Tropics.  In some regions, Texas included, lantanas grow wild as weeds, chiefly spread by birds that are very fond of their juicy fruits.  Neil Sperry of McKinney, Texas says  it grows in various types of soils throughout our state.  It grows best in poor, sandy soil in hot, dry areas, in full sun. Lantanas thrive in almost any soil as long as they are never waterlogged.  That Continue Reading...

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by Carl White, Master Gardener We are all familiar with the sounds of summer including bird calls, trilling of crickets, drone of bees and most incessant is the buzzing of the cicada. Of the Order Hemiptera, these are true bugs and are closely related to leafhoppers, froghoppers and spittle bugs. The life cycle of the cicada begins with the laying of eggs by the female in plant stems where the emerging nymph lives on the plant xylem (fluid). Soon they drop to t Continue Reading...

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Barbara Porsch, Master Gardener There often is a time about now when the garden has been producing like crazy.   Your poor counter top hasn’t seen the light of day for weeks because it is covered up with squash, cucumbers and now maybe okra, or whatever is going crazy out in the back yard garden.   WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS? I feel you can never have too many tomatoes because they are so easy to handle.  Of course, you can make sauce or relish to can, but if y Continue Reading...

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by Roger Corzine Datura wrightii is the scientific name for the plant in the picture but locally most of us know it as Moon Flower. I am guessing that the name, Moon Flower, was inspired by this plant’s large, white, moon-shaped flowers that are 4 to 6 inches in diameter that bloom at night and wilt and fade away not long after daylight. Moonflower or Moon Flower is only one of man Continue Reading...

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