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by Master Gardener Barbara Porsch – Herb Enthusiast
    Garlic, or as it is affectionately called “stinking rose” was selected by the International Herb Association as the herb of the Year in 2004. Gilroy, California, has been known as the “Garlic Capital of the World” since 1979. Will Rogers once described Gilroy as “the only town in America where you can marinate a steak by hanging it on the clothes line.” Seriously!! Garlic was used by the Babylonians as early as 3000 B.C. Later recorded in China. Besides culinary uses it has a reputation as a powerful medicinal. During WW I sphagnum moss was soaked with garlic juice and applied to soldier’s woun

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Wina Garrett and John Geib
aquponicss           Are you wondering, like I did the first time I heard the word Aquaponics, what is that? The simplest definition I have heard is that it is the marriage of aquaculture (using fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organ

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By Ben Bretz Master Gardener
microgreen.pic         My wife and I were at a farmers market in the metroplex a couple of years ago. One of the things that caught her eye was “Micro Greens””. We bought a small plastic container of greens, the size of the ones you get at the grocery store with blueberries or raspberries in them. It was EIGHT DOLLARS!! I thought that was outrageou

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Watch Out For A Few Insects!

Karen Miller, Entomology Specialist
bumble bee     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! We face bees and wasps who try to sting us. We face ants who try to bite us. The sun tries to burn us and mosquitoes steal our blood while possibly infecting us with serious diseases. I hope I have compiled a few remedies for

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Carol Siddall, Master Gardener
Gardeners and bird lovers are often the same people! Hearing birds sing and watching them eating and flying around in my garden seems natural and of great enjoyment. There are a few musts, however, to provide a habitat that meets their needs. Food, water, shelter, and proper feeders are necessary to the enjoyment of birds in your garden. Starting with food, some like the tube feeders while others prefer tray feeders, and some don’t care! Perching birds prefer tube feeders. There are several different varieties of bird food available. Seed mixes are popular because they attract several different types of birds. Carl White, a Master Garden

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Color In Your Garden

wheelbarrel-container-gardenYEAR AROUND COLOR IN YOUR GARDEN (ALMOST)
by Pat Adams, Permian Basin Master Gardener
        For year around color in your garden you need to think perennials (the bones of the garden). Perennials come back every year. Select a location where you want the plant by deciding if it needs sun, shade or partial shade. Prepare the soil by a

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Xeriscape, Not 0-scape
Shirley Kelley, Master Gardener and Propagation Specialist
IMG_0477         O-scape means no compost, drip irrigation, native or adaptable plant material, hard scape, yard art, mulch or anything else. It means absolutely nothing - O. On the other hand lets think about Xeriscaping. Our first responsibility is conserving water. Whether we have a little

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How To Care For Roses

What’s happening in the Rose Garden…
by Geriann Green, Permian Basin Master Gardener
pruning roses Everyone who grows roses is probably wondering what they can do at this time of the year to prepare roses for a healthy beautiful year. It begins with proper pruni

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Roses in West Texas

Valentines and Roses in West Texas
By Frank Wells
belindas_dream1     According to the blog: “The history of Valentine’s Day, legend says, originated during the third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, so he outlawed marriage for young men. A young priest named Valentine was furious and defied Claudius by continuing to perform weddings in se

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