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...
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...
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...
In Memory of Mary Beth Hagood

In Memory of Mary Beth Hagood

As you know, I was born a gardener and longed to be a horticulturist.  I also yearned for garden books and a greenhouse.  There were no true gardeners in my family growing up, so I had to look elsewhere.  I was enamored with James Underwood Crockett’s Victory Garden...