Lawn Watering

Lawn Watering

Folks, it’s officially summertime…hot and dry. Water is a limited resource in Texas, and it will become more limited as the population grows. Homeowners can conserve a significant amount of water with no loss in grass quality by learning to water their lawns properly....
Bill Adams – June 2022

Bill Adams – June 2022

The cool-season crops are winding down in the early summer heat wave. We’ve already had our share of broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, and garlic so we’re not unhappy that the warm season crops are off and running. This has been the best tomato year ever due...
The Tyler Botanical Garden

The Tyler Botanical Garden

Nestled at the south end of the Tyler Rose Garden are three unique gardens officially designated the Tyler Botanical Garden. Although the property is owned by the city and is within the Rose Center complex, the Smith County Master Gardeners have designed, funded, and...
Rosemary Makes Scents

Rosemary Makes Scents

Rosemary grows well in Texas and goes well with lots of things that we eat, including most meats and potatoes. It’s also pretty, historic, and a long­time symbol of remembrance. All you need is full sun and excellent drainage to grow it. Rosemary is planted from...
Tis the Season

Tis the Season

After teaching about growing your own sweet potato slips recently, I realized that I need to do a better job of explaining seasonality and adaptation in growing plants. In that case, I was talking about the difference in “Irish potatoes” and sweet potatoes. Irish...
Periwinkle Blight

Periwinkle Blight

Periwinkle blight (aerial phytophthora) is caused by the fungus Phytophthora parasitica.  It’s the number one disease problem for annual vinca or periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) and can persist in the soil for several years.  Sadly, it’s almost always caused by folks...
Memorial Day Weekend Event!

Memorial Day Weekend Event!

Start off your Memorial weekend just right, May 27, 2022, @ 9:00 am come join us for a fun-filled program about bees and pollinators! We have some great speakers lined up, you don’t want to miss out! Mark your calendar and it’s only 25.00 dollars per...
Pollinator Program

Pollinator Program

“Houston, we have a pollinator problem.”  And since we, as humans, are 100% of the problem and we, as gardeners, are fully complicit; it’s our duty and obligation to do something about it.  And when I say “we,” I certainly include “me,” because I’ve done my damaging...
Still Time to Plant Okra

Still Time to Plant Okra

Hopefully, you grow a garden or know someone that does.  Hot weather is on its way, but there’s still time to plant Southern peas, sweet potatoes, and okra. Okra is synonymous with Southern culture.  The African name for okra was gumbo and subsequently gave us the...