Flying Flowers

Flying Flowers

Who can help loving butterflies? They are nothing less than flying flowers. Would you believe that there are over 400 species in Texas? Even most non-gardeners love to see butterflies. Many know about the magical transformation from a homely caterpillar to a striking...
Cilantro Planting Time is Here

Cilantro Planting Time is Here

This traditional Tex-Mex herb from the Mediterranean 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. When cilantro first introduced itself to my palette...
Growing Spinach

Growing Spinach

When I was a kid, most of us grew up loving Popeye and hating spinach. It usually came from a can and was slimy and bland. For sure, fresh spinach from your own garden tastes much different. It can be lightly cooked or, even better, eaten fresh. It’s tasty, and...
Fall is for Planting

Fall is for Planting

I love fall even more than I do spring. 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....
It’s Time to Plant Mustard Greens

It’s Time to Plant Mustard Greens

Cooked greens with ham hocks, smoked tasso, or salt pork and potlikker are eaten all over the South. Growing up in the Pineywoods of East Texas, I noticed that folks ate different greens according to geography and culture. My people ate mostly turnip greens. But when...