I wish I knew then what I know now. That’s especially true when you garden and plan your yard. As you gain more gardening knowledge you will find yourself saying that more often. You learn which parts of your yard are protected from the blazing sun and which spots are affected when the wind is blowing 60 mph from the west. If I knew then what I know now, I would plan a keyhole garden for the corners of my yard and may Read More
WATCH OUT FOR A FEW INSECTS!
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 is important to make sure they do not feel threatened by you. Bees and wasps are able to detect and follow strong scents like perfumes or colognes, so don’t smell like a flower. Avoid wearing bright colore
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 as you have a window, you can grow them.
This leads us into “How do I do that???” You will need some good potting soil, small containers to accommodate the potting soil, an
ONE DIRTY WORD – DROUGHT
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. When selecting your trees, shrubs, or groundcovers, choose ones that are adaptable to our area. You can check out the Master Gardeners website (westtexasgardening.org) for suggestions. Try to use T
THE EASTER LILY
I'm reposting this because it is a very good article and good information.
By Roger Corzine, Master GardenerThe 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 Read More
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 leaves, but all have square stems. There are many exotic varieties such as grapefruit, ginger, lime or chocolate, but three species are best for culinary purposes: Mentha spicata (spearmint),