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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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Easter Lily

IT ISN'T EASTER WITHOUT AN EASTER LILY! Carol Siddall, Master Gardener

lily           The Easter Lily, (Latin name, Lilium Longiflorum) is native to the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan. The Easter Lily industry is an American success story. Prior to 1941, most Easter Lily bulbs were exported to the U.S. from Japan. Dependence on the Japanese produced bulbs was eliminated

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Junk Gardening

Junk Gardening Shirley Jo and John Kell

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  When we say “junk yard gardening” we really mean using things that might end up in the dumpster, garage sale, landfill, or maybe the junk yard. We had an abundance of tree stumps that had to be disposed of, so instead of taking them to the landfill or burning them, we picked an odd space in the bac

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Planting Tomatoes

Planting Tomatoes Now

by Jim Longstreet

Now is the time to plant your tomato seeds inside to get ready for an April planting outside. That advice is for gardeners of the “set it and forget it” variety who do not want to worry about frost and are willing to wait for April 15 when the danger of frost is usually gone. But if you are diligent and conscientious and if you want a longer growing period for your plants to flower and set fruit, then you can courageously plant your tomato plants outside even now. By June 15 the morning lows are usually above 70 degrees when the larger tomato plants all but stop setting fruit for the summer. But if you plant now, you can usually mor

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Pests on Roses

Pests on Roses

by Karen Miller, Permian Basin Master Gardener Entomology Specialist

  With Spring just around the corner, our roses are beginning to leaf out. Insects are also coming to life. Insect eggs that were deposited in the fall and survived the winter will begin to hatch, and the insects that burrowed into the soil or leaf litter will be emerging as the days get warmer. These pests will be looking for a good meal after their long winter’s nap. Roses are a target of some of these hungry survivors. Identification is the first step to controlling the in

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