Growing Spinach

Growing Spinach

When I was a kid, most of us grew up loving Popeye and hating spinach. It usually came from a can and was slimy and bland. For sure, fresh spinach from your own garden tastes much different. It can be lightly cooked or, even better, eaten fresh. It’s tasty, and...
Missing Linda Gay

Missing Linda Gay

I admit that I am feeling a bit numb as I write this. I am at a bit of a loss to process the loss of Linda Gay. She was a friend, a mentor, and a teacher. I will miss her dreadfully, and I will think of her often. And I know that many of you reading this will feel the...
Fall is for Planting

Fall is for Planting

I love fall even more than I do spring. It’s the perfect time to work on your landscape. Perhaps you have an area that needs a makeover. Fall is the best season for planting trees, shrubs, and woody vines, followed by winter, and then spring. Summer is the worst....
New Spiritiles: Fall 2022

New Spiritiles: Fall 2022

Houston is thrilled to announce his Fall 2022 Release of New Spiritiles! Adding four new Spiritiles to the collection in the spirit of finding our serenity… Be confident in yourself. Love will overcome all challenges. Carving new paths ahead.  Look for the light...
It’s Time to Plant Mustard Greens

It’s Time to Plant Mustard Greens

Cooked greens with ham hocks, smoked tasso, or salt pork and potlikker are eaten all over the South. Growing up in the Pineywoods of East Texas, I noticed that folks ate different greens according to geography and culture. My people ate mostly turnip greens. But when...
September is a Game Changer

September is a Game Changer

Folks, I don’t have to tell you that our recent summer was hellish. But then again, most Texas summers are. In my elementary mental math, only about one out of every ten summers here is “tolerable” with adequate rainfall. So, for most of Texas, we live in a wet-dry...
Master Gardener Volunteers Wanted

Master Gardener Volunteers Wanted

The award-winning Smith County Master Gardener program (txmg.org/smith/) is seeking applicants to join a highly trained corps of enthusiastic volunteers who assist the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with providing educational horticulture programs in Smith...
Water Wise Wisdom

Water Wise Wisdom

With all the news of climate change these days, it’s high time we understand our state’s feast or famine past. Throughout our long geologic history, the Texas landscape has been everything from high and dry to soaking at the bottom of the ocean. Therefore, our...
A Sure Sign Fall is Coming

A Sure Sign Fall is Coming

There are several ways to know that summer is almost over, and fall is almost here. One is high school football season. My dad was the band director at Troup when I was born, and he always said it was guaranteed to rain (and mess up the band uniforms) by the second or...