Newspaper Articles

PARSLEY

 

By Master Gardener Herb Enthusiast Barbara Porsch

  We haven’t talked about parsley in a long time, so let’s talk about parsley this month. It is without a doubt, the most used and least eaten herb in the world. It is always used as a plate garnish and then promptly scraped off with the remains. “But wait… There is more.” Eat the parsley on your plate. It is like a vitamin pill; rich in vitamins A, C, and B and is a good source of calcium, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, a natural source of potassium and magnesium and reportedly fights cancer. Added bonus is that it deodorizes your breath especially after eating garlic o


LET’S GROW SOME PEPPERS

By Barbara Porsch, Permian Basin Master Gardener

  Pepper, peppers, more peppers.  Growing more popular by the day.  Think about this. Hot chile peppers are consumed DAILY by at least one quarter of the earth’s population!  Many more than that eat them with varying regularity.  Although it is the most used spice/condiment/fruit in the world, its financial value is not near the value of many lesser used spices.  Why is this?   It is because it is easily grown by many of its consumers.  Compare the price of a jalapeno at the market with a tiny amount of saffron.  It would take a real enthusiast to pick the stamen out of a specific crocus blossom to get enough saffron

Read More
PERENNIALS PLUS

 

By Bess Barlau, Master Gardener

  Tried and true plants or adapted to our area are always welcome additions to beautify and simplify our lives because  they survive and thrive in our harsh climate.  Some can be found in local nurseries. Some favorites and reliable ones are: Chili pequin (Capsicum annuum), our original native chile pepper.  It is loved by both birds and Tex-Mex gourmets. Silver pony foot (Dichondra argentea) forms ground covering mats that can tolerate moving.  It also grows well between flagstones and looks good draping from pots. Blonde ambition (Boutelouea grac


MONEY AND TIME SAVING IDEAS FOR YOUR GARDEN

 

By Carol Siddall, Master Gardener

    Every gardener likes to save money and time.  I thought as the gardening season gets rolling, you might appreciate some tips in these areas. Making a new garden?  Start with a plan. Remember, a smaller scaled garden translates into less work and money. Container gardens are fun and easy, and a necessity for small yards, but they do require more water and fertilizer. Cut back on your workload by converting some of your lawn to ground covers.  They are a good fix for problem spots also.  Just check first if they are invasive. One item t


LOVE THOSE INSECTS- PRAYING MANTIS

By Shan Wheeler, Master Gardener Trainee

Insects are my “thing”… I love bees and butterflies (but who doesn’t?) and plant my garden to attract them. Most people try to prevent and spray insecticides to ward off insects, but there’s no need to be paranoid because some are good guys! You’ve heard about beneficial insects like Lady Bugs, but the stealthy, alien-out-of-this-world-looking Praying Mantis is one of my favorites. I once noticed what I thought was a new type of miniature mantis: light-green, perky with an arrogant, strutting attitude – cute-as-a-bug! (sorry…). After research, I found that that little guy was the nymph stage of the Praying Mantis.

Read More
HUMMINGBIRDS THEY ARE HERE!!!

 

By Carl White, Master Gardener and Bird Enthusiast

There are very few gardeners that do not like having hummingbirds in their garden, and even have certain plants for them.  They are starting to arrive and once they find a bountiful "cafe" they come often and return year after year. You often hear the hummers before you see them.  Then, you will start to see them at your flowers or your backyard feeder.  To sustain their supercharged metabolisms, hummingbirds must eat once every 10 to 15 minutes and visit between 1,000 and 2,000 flowers per day.  Some of their favorite flowers to visit for nectar are Delphiniums (very rich in nectar), Honeysuckle


THE EASTER LILY

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 flares into six petals like the bell of a trumpet. In the early 1900’s most of our lily bulbs came from Japan but that ended abruptly in 1941 with the Pearl Harbor attack. At present, most of our lily bulbs are produced in a small area of northern California and the adjoining

Read More
PLANT BULBS FOR EASY SUMMER COLOR

 

Carol Siddall, Master Gardener

When we think of summer color, very few of us think bulbs.  We love the spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils, but summer bulbs can add interest after the spring bulbs are gone. Summer bulbs can fill the gaps in your garden when early flowering perennials have finished blooming.  Like their sisters the spring bulbs, summer bulbs are incredibly easy to grow.  Some like the shade and others will like the hot summer sun.  Dr. William Welch, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension horticulturist says, "bulbs are a good fit for today's garden because they are low water and low care plants". These bulbs wi


ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

 

Gwin Jamerson, Master Gardener

Ornamental grasses can be used in many places in the landscape. After all, grasses grow here naturally. Ornamental grasses add variety and interest with their graceful flower clusters and plumes, moving in the wind. They vary in size from less than two feet to over six feet tall. Using the wisdom of planting the right plant in the right place, consider the different types of grasses useful in the landscape. For example, last year at the Permian Basin Master Gardener Plant Sale, I bought 3 zebra grass (Miscanthus sinenis ‘Zebrinus’) in quart sized pots. They were just coming out of dormancy.  They were so cu


« Previous Page

  • Aug 23
    Backyard Honey Buzzy B...

    Read More+

Copyright © 2015 Permian Basin Master Gardeners

Webstie maintained by The Tall City Pixel Foundry