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
HERE IS A SOLUTION FOR THE WINTER BLUES
by Carol Siddall, Master GardenerThis time of year is hard for gardeners in all stages of experience. The desire to go outside is there, but the cold says stay inside. A good option for keeping your green thumbs busy, have a windowsill garden. A sunny windowsill is all you need to bring microgreens or fresh herbs to your table. First thing, choose where you will put them. It is best to not have them near a heater vent, but they will need 5 to 6 hours of sunlight a day. While temperature needs vary from one plant to the next, you will need to try and keep it in the 70 to 75 degree range. Select your pots making sure they have drainage holes.
Master Gardeners Carl White, Bee Enthusiast, and Ron Nelson BeeKeeperThe soft buzz around the flowers, the constant flow of bees from the hive and one knows honey is in the making. However, the future of bees is in question at present, as the decline of hives and bees is a real problem. The problem seems to be CCD, or colony collapse disorder, in which colonies of bees are dying, sometimes finding only a queen and egg cells but no workers. The worldwide use of pesticides, bee viral diseases and fungi and the Varroa mite are a part of the problem. Our fascination and benefit from bees comes from the gentle bee, normally the Italian Honey Bee, f Read More
WEST TEXAS CAN GROW TOMATOES
Jim Longstreet, Vegetable SpecialistAre you still trying to grow tomatoes in the Permian Basin? Many growers just give up because of poor yield, disease, pests, lousy soil and water, late frost, hail and death. Fortunately in West Texas it is still legal to kill a plant, though it is usually the case of negligent homicide (vegyside). We do have significant challenges and problems in growing tomatoes here -- like our climate. The last frost is usually in mid-April and people usually wait until after that date to safely plant. But if you wait until mid-April, then you have only two months to mid-June when the average low temperature rises above 70 de Read More