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This is article that was written and published a couple of years ago. By Debbie Roland, Compost Specialist Companion planting is a good way to increase the flavor or deter pests.   Here are a few examples of how and what to plant together. Beans and peas increase nitrogen in soil and can be sown for harvest or as a cover crop.  Don’t pull the plants out when the season is over, simply dig them back into the soil to replace nitrogen.  Swiss chard, k Continue Reading...

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John and Shirley Kelley Winter is a great time to start planning your landscape for a nice water feature. A water feature can be a small urn or fountain, a water garden with a waterfall, fish & plants. A water feature can be a great asset to any home. It makes a great gathering spot when having a party or friends over. It can add value to your property, compliment any landscape, and reduce your lawn maintenance. But you are saying to yourself that takes too Continue Reading...

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Carol Siddall, Master Gardener This time of year is a good time to think about preparing our beds for spring planting.  If you have never had your soil tested, this might be a good time to do so. You can go to the AgriLife office in Odessa,   1010 E. 8th, or Midland, 2445 E. Highway 80, to pick up a soil testing kit.  There are instructions on the kit on how to do it complete with  mailing instructions.  They will email you back the results in about a week if you choose that route. Continue Reading...

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Shirley Kelley, Master Gardener The cold days, cold winds, and then a few warm days gives you the feeling that warm weather is on its way, unless the silly ground hog messes it up.  Strolling through your garden to check to see if anything has survived, sure enough there sets the brightly painted chair that you added to the bed.  The flowers in the pot setting in the seat may be dead but you still have some color to add to dormant plants surrounding it. Farm equipment see Continue Reading...

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by Herb Enthusiast Barbara Porsch This week we will continue three more herbs that are easy to grow and are good for you also. First is Sage (Salvia officinalis) which they say can improve your memory. Boy howdy, do I need to eat a lot of that!  Studies show it is a strong antibacterial, especially against such as salmonella and staphylococcus. Like most herbs, Sage is native to the Mediterranean area and will survive winters most anywh Continue Reading...

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Barbara Porsch - Herb Enthusiast A while back I received a newsletter from talking about 6 medicinal herbs that are easy to grow.  You know, I am more into the eating than the healthy stuff so I haven’t written about that.  But, why not?  They listed 6, so I will do 3 this week and the remaining 3 next week. I know that using fresh herbs does qualify as being healthier because you can really cut down on the salt and fat in some recipes by using herbs to brighte Continue Reading...

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By Delmos Hamilton-Permian Basin Master Gardener As spring approaches, we all begin planning for obtaining plants—whether from the seed catalogs that come in the mail, remembering that special plant from a neighbor’s garden, or something that you saw in the local nurseryman’s display. Remember that you are not limited to planting seeds. There are multiple ways to reproduce plants. Although the planting of seeds is probably the easiest, division, root cuttings Continue Reading...

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Carol Siddall, Master Gardener Those with green thumbs have long known that gardening is good for you both physically and mentally.  Researchers have found that smelling the roses and pulling up those nasty weeds can lower blood pressure, increase brain activity, and produce a general good feeling. This evidence has become so compelling that the health factor has been given its own name - HORTICULTURAL THERAPY. Doing research for this article I found many different topics of why gardening Continue Reading...

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Barbara Porsch, Master Gardener I wouldn’t trade my beautiful big trees for anything. Over the years through trial and error, I have found my favorite half dozen plants that give me more bang for my buck in the shade. Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum) is a dependable foundation plant that is evergreen and requires little care except trimming out damaged fronds at the beginning of new growth. Too much sun can scald the fronds and burn them.  When planting, the crown of the Continue Reading...

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