Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

I have always been fascinated by fungi. Thanks to my legendary first grade teacher, “Miss Mozelle” at Mozelle Johnston Elementary School in Longview, one of the first things I learned to paint with oils was a red and white spotted amanita mushroom. I suppose she was...
Planting Potatoes

Planting Potatoes

Mark it on your calendars for either Valentine’s Day (if you truly love potatoes) or President’s Day (if you think growing your own potatoes should be a law).  I vote for both and put mine in the ground this weekend. Potatoes are cool-weather plants that bloom and die...
It’s Time to Plant Fruits and Nuts

It’s Time to Plant Fruits and Nuts

Now is the time to plant fruit (and nut) trees.  Before a fruit tree is planted, make sure there is adequate space.  Most fruit trees require an area 25 feet by 25 feet. The site must have a full day’s sun. And, a single pear tree, properly cared for, can easily...
The Poop on Paperwhites

The Poop on Paperwhites

It’s been a fairly mild winter so far, one that I’d characterize, up this point, as a “paperwhite winter” since mine are blooming and haven’t been blasted to the ground with a severe freeze. Since I’m closer to I-20 than I-10, I’d say we average good paperwhite blooms...
Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

The forested areas of East Texas are home to more species of woodpeckers than any other area of the state. With the ivory-billed woodpecker being extirpated (and most likely extinct) there are currently 8 species of woodpeckers in East Texas. These include the...