Fall is for Planting

Fall is for Planting

Fall is my favorite season. 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.  Autumn is...
Tree Deep in Thought

Tree Deep in Thought

Recently, one of my Smith County Master Gardeners loaned me a copy of the book, Finding the Mother Tree-Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (Suzanne Simard, Knopf, 2021). It’s about the relationship between all the plants in a forest and their mycorrhizal fungal...
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...
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...