Shade Loving Plants for Color and Texture

Shade Loving Plants for Color and Texture

 In the heat of summer, we are always looking for shade! But what is shade exactly? Some of you may be surprised that you don’t actually have a shaded garden! Print this! Would you like help shopping for these plants at The Arbor Gate? Simply print this list of...
Gardening with Kids

Gardening with Kids

Gardening as a child literally changed my life. It gave me a lifelong connection with nature, the outdoors, science, hard work, and healthy nutrition. Unfortunately, today most children are disconnected from the outdoor environment. Children are like dry sponges when...
Goodbye Mr.Post man

Goodbye Mr.Post man

I start most of my garden trainings with this revelation: Everything you plant will die. And no truer words have I ever spoken. Accept it and your relatively short period of time here on earth will be much more peaceful. Your job as a steward is to lengthen the...

Smith County Master Gardeners to Host

The award-winning Smith County Master Gardener Association will host the Texas Superstar® State Master Gardener Advanced Training November 1-3 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 5701 South Broadway Ave., Tyler, Texas 75703 (903-561-5800). This Texas Superstar®...
Sunscald on Maples

Sunscald on Maples

Hot temperatures occur every summer in Texas and can cause ugly scars on young smooth tree trunks. Sunscald is a physiological disorder that occurs on the lower part of the trunk on the southwest side, typically on young trees. Thin barked trees such as Japanese...
Still Playing with Blocks

Still Playing with Blocks

We were raised pretty lean and didn’t have that many toys other than bicycles, plenty of pets, and the great outdoors.   However, one of my fondest store-bought toys as a child was a stack of wooden blocks.   It came in a red mesh “onion sack” bag which I quickly wore...
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...