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Shirley Jo Kelley, Propagation Specialist                                      Succulent plants are known as fat plants because their plant parts are thick and fleshy, retaining water according to the amount of water, climate, and soil conditions. Succulents are just like all other plants, they have different characteristics.  Some have white milky sap, hairy, waxy blue powdered leaves, variation in color, just to mention a few, and they have become very popular in the last few years.   There are different Genus of succulents and some have as many as 600 species.  A popular Genus Semperv

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Carol Siddall, Master Gardener

When fall arrives, it is hard not to regret the passing of all the summer blooms.  But take heart, for the fall garden offers beautiful blooms with just one plant, the chrysanthemum or "mum" or "hardy mums".  Fall mums are available in a wide selection of colors, flower types, shapes and sizes.  They are  low maintenance, easy to grow, and a plant that can be kept in containers or grown in beds.  They are drought resistant and generally free of insect and disease pests.  They are pretty much the divas of the autumn garden.  Their blooms can last for weeks, and the sheer number of flowers per plant will convince anyone that this flower really l

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Me? A Master Gardener?

Me?  A Master Gardener? By Debbie Roland, Compost Specialist       I was on my hands and knees searching through the vegetable seed packets at a local big box store this Spring when a person I didn’t know said “You look like you know a lot about seeds, can you help me?”   I said of course I’ll help you.   I am still amazed that I can do that. For years I wanted to become a Master Gardener.  I looked at the pictures of the newly elected officers and the trainees who had received their certification in the newspaper each year with envy about everything they must know.  I couldn’t grow a thing.  Every once in a while a lucky plant would catch drips from infreque

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Your Thumb Isn’t Brown

Your Thumb Isn’t Brown   By Debbie Roland, Compost Specialist     “I can’t grow anything.  I have a brown thumb” my friends tell me.  To which I say “I can teach you how.”  And, I start explaining.  But I can see in their eyes that they are already overwhelmed and have that far away look that Jackson, my ever-patient husband, gets when I tell him about a new project I dreamed up  for us (which means him - to do).  So here it is – step by step information on a small scale. So what if you put it to a simple test?  What do you have to lose?  Fall is the perfect time.   Your soil will have about 5 m

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Texas Superstars

Do you have a Texas Superstar? Carol Siddall, Master Gardener texas-superstars-pic   What's a Superstar you may be asking? I asked the same question before I became a Master Gardener over 12 years ago. I will try and relay what it means to become a Texas Superstar. It is not an easy task to become one. Only the toughest, most reliable and best looking plants are given that name. Every plant that earns that name ha

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Fairy Garden

DO YOU HAVE A FAIRY IN YOUR GARDEN? Carol Siddall, Master Gardener fairy-garden-pic-small   Fairy Gardens have become increasingly popular in the home garden. While evidence of a true fairy existence is slim to none, it can be a new project with your young child or your grandchildren. I never thought much about Fairy Gardens until we saw bunches of them at our Texas Master Gardener Conference this past May in McK

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Mexican Mint Marigold

Mexican Mint Marigold – favorite herb in September by Barbara Porsch Permian Basin Master Gardener Herb Enthusiast   mexican-mint-marigoldsmall     Mexican Mint Marigold is a crazy name for this delightful herb. Texas Tarragon or Sweet Marigold are both better suited to Tagetes lucida which has no relationship whatever to mint.If you purchased this plant at our plant sale earlier this year

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Squash Bugs

SQUASH BUGS, UGH! Karen Miller, Entomologist Specialist Master Gardener squash-and-bugs-copysmall     As Master Gardeners we are here to answer questions regarding gardening. This summer we have been bombarded with questions regarding squash bugs. I hope this article will answer some of those questions. The squash bug (Anasa tristis) is in the Order Heteroptera and Family Coreidae, known as tr

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