Sooty Mold

A common question that the Smith County Master Gardener Help Desk often gets asked is, “Why are the leaves (or trunks) black on my plants?” But this year there were new questions about white, fuzzy little “snowflake” insects blowing in the wind, and particularly on...
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...
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. ...
Keep the Rose Disease Burglar Away!

Keep the Rose Disease Burglar Away!

David Zlesak, Ph.D., Professor of Horticulture of University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has an exemplary history of supporting and promoting rose horticulture in the U.S. and abroad.  His work with roses began when he was a mere 13 years old and he is recognized around...