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PRAYING MANTIS-THE MOST REVERENT INSECT

Carl White, Master Gardener To observe this most beneficial insect, the preying stance in which the powerful forelegs are folded into a praying posture gives the appearance of prayer. While being quite gentle, some people actually keep the insect as a pet and feed it regularly with an array of bugs. But gentle may be misleading, as the Praying Mantis can be goaded into a self-defense mode in which it will bite. Though harmless and non-toxic, the larger female sometimes will eat the Continue Reading...

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EASY BLOOMS FOR SUMMER – BULBS!

Carol Siddall, Master Gardener When most of us think of planting bulbs in our garden, we usually think of spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, or crocus. These early bloomers do provide us with much needed garden color after a long winter but many gardeners overlook the large number of summer blooming bulbs that add interest to our gardens. Summer blooming bulbs can help fill the gaps in your garden when early flowering perennials have finished blooming. Just like th Continue Reading...

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WATCH OUT FOR A FEW INSECTS!

Karen Miller, Entomology Specialist At the risk of sounding a bit dramatic, we as gardeners put ourselves in harm’s way each time we do what we love…garden!  Bees and wasps try to sting us, and Mosquitoes steal our blood while possibly infecting us with serious diseases . Bees and Wasps:  Let’s start with the bees and wasps.  No one wants to be stung by a bee or wasp and for those of you with bee sting allergies, one sting can be deadly. Bee and wasp sting mostly to defend themselves.  It Continue Reading...

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MICRO-GREENS

By Ben Bretz-Master Gardener What are Microgreens? Microgreens are the young sprouts of any edible plant that haven’t reached a point that it bears any flower or fruit. In other words they’re only about 2-3” tall.  They’re also SO tender and tasty. Why Microgreens??  Microgreens can be grown from any seed that you like that will sprout. It's that simple. They grow QÚCKLY! If you plant seeds, you will have Microgreens in 2-3 weeks. As long Continue Reading...

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ONE DIRTY WORD – DROUGH

Carol Siddall, Master Gardener Here we are three months into 2018, and we are around 2 1/2 inches behind in our rainfall.  After last year's good rain, we are a little spoilt and not ready for more drought.  But there are water-saving helps out there.  We have heard them all before, but a little reminder may help. ORGANIC MATTER - Adding this to our soil helps increase the soil's ability to absorb and store water in a form available to the plant, shrub or tree. Continue Reading...

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THE EASTER LILY

 I'm reposting this because it is a very good article and good information. By Roger Corzine, Master Gardener   The Easter Lily, Lilium longiflorum, is one of those plants we specifically associate with a particular holiday in the same way as the Poinsettia with Christmas. This scientific name can be loosely translated as “long-flowered lily.”  This  flower is shaped like the bell of a trumpet in that it has a tubular body that f Continue Reading...

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MINT

by Permian Basin Master Gardener Barbara Porsch – Herb Enthusiast Mint was selected as Herb of the Year in 1998. It is one of the oldest recorded herbs. There are biblical references to paying taxes with mint leaves. The old herbalists used it for treatment of many ailments.  There are so many varieties of mint that the nomenclature becomes very confusing. There are at least 25 main varieties and hundreds of hybrids and varieties.  There are many shapes and characteristics of leave Continue Reading...

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TRY LIGHTS IN YOUR GARDEN

Carol Siddall, Master Gardener Have you ever tried lights in your garden?  This would be a fun thing to think about during our winter months when the garden is not requiring our attention.  I use lights in my garden, and it gives a magical feeling to my garden at night.  I have a chandelier that is on a timer over my water feature.  It gives me a feeling of comfort to look out and see my garden in a different light. Allen Smith says to not go overboard with your lighting. He says Continue Reading...

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VEGETABLE COMPANION PLANTING

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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WATER FEATURES IN YOUR LANDSCAPE

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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