It’s Time to Plant Cilantro Again!

It’s Time to Plant Cilantro Again!

This traditional Tex-Mex herb from the Mediterranean is also known as coriander or Chinese parsley and is used in ethnic cooking throughout the world. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is a cool-season annual that must be grown during the fall and spring in East Texas. ...
Natural by Nature

Natural by Nature

A lot goes through my brain on a daily basis.  Taking a writing class and a speaking class at SFA only add to the stimulation.   Here lately, I’ve been pondering why I garden.  It does take precious time, dwindling energy, and scarce funds.   I’m sure different folks...
Keep the Rose Disease Burglar Away!

Keep the Rose Disease Burglar Away!

David Zlesak, Ph.D., Professor of Horticulture of University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has an exemplary history of supporting and promoting rose horticulture in the U.S. and abroad.  His work with roses began when he was a mere 13 years old and he is recognized around...
Bill Adams – September 2021

Bill Adams – September 2021

The cold winter/spring delayed the usual summer growing season but it was great for getting tomatoes started.   I couldn’t resist trying a tomato variety called Mater Sandwich tomato this year.  It was compact, producing big tomatoes –just right for a BLT.  Momotaro...
Fall Rose Pruning

Fall Rose Pruning

September means it’s time to turn off the water sprinklers, plant cool season fall vegetables, and prune your roses for a showy fall bloom.  Mark it on your calendar.  Prune roses around Valentine’s Day and Labor Day each year.  Most roses need some type of pruning to...
Heat-proofing your Garden

Heat-proofing your Garden

Getting your garden through summer can be tough.  All of the stresses a plant can be subjected to are magnified by the heat, drought spells and increased humidity of summer. Summer heat can come on quickly on the Gulf Coast.  It can seem as though we move from late...
In Memory of Mary Beth Hagood

In Memory of Mary Beth Hagood

As you know, I was born a gardener and longed to be a horticulturist.  I also yearned for garden books and a greenhouse.  There were no true gardeners in my family growing up, so I had to look elsewhere.  I was enamored with James Underwood Crockett’s Victory Garden...
Running Wild, Part 2

Running Wild, Part 2

In last month’s blog we took up the somewhat polarizing, somewhat controversial topic of invasive plant species.   Making the subject all too ironic is that we humans, the most invasive species on the planet, get to be judgmental and make all the rules.  That’s why we...