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Aquaponics

FISH PLUS PLANTS = AQUAPONICS
Wina Garrett and John Geib
aquponicss           Are you wondering, like I did the first time I heard the word Aquaponics, what is that? The simplest definition I have heard is that it is the marriage of aquaculture (using fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organ

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MicroGreens

MicroGreens
By Ben Bretz Master Gardener
microgreen.pic         My wife and I were at a farmers market in the metroplex a couple of years ago. One of the things that caught her eye was “Micro Greens””. We bought a small plastic container of greens, the size of the ones you get at the grocery store with blueberries or raspberries in them. It was EIGHT DOLLARS!! I thought that was outrageou

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Watch Out For A Few Insects!

WATCH OUT FOR A FEW INSECTS!
Karen Miller, Entomology Specialist
bumble bee     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! We face bees and wasps who try to sting us. We face ants who try to bite us. The sun tries to burn us and mosquitoes steal our blood while possibly infecting us with serious diseases. I hope I have compiled a few remedies for

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Atracting Birds To Your Garden

ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR GARDEN
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 bir

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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

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 proflowers.com 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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