Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, discusses hydrangeas, a beautiful, flowering perennial.  Cynthia says hydrangeas require a lot of water, but otherwise are not difficult to grow.  She says the color of the plants can be changed by providing acidic plant food.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says onions can be planted now in Northeast Texas, and if the soil temperature is at least 50 degrees, cole crops -- cabbable, broccoli and kale -- can also be planted without worrying about freezing temperatures.


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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman discusses Christmas gift ideas for gardeners, including tools, gloves, knee protectors and books.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Cynthia Beacom recommends the hardy hibiscus as a reliable perennial plant for Northeast Texas landscaping.  She says the tropical hibiscus will probably not survive the winter in this region.

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Byron Chitwood, Hunt County Master Gardener, recommends starting a composting cage using chicken wire to contain fallen leaves, and adding nitrogen to the mix to help along the decomposition of the leaves.  But Byron says leaves can also simply be dumped into flower beds and gardens for mulch.

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Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on an article that describes how gardening provides excellent exercise.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood of Greenville says it's time to plant potatoes.  Byron recommends planting red, or "new," potatoes, because other varieties are readily available and at a low cost in supermarkets.  He says red potatoes grow well here in the spring.  Byron says for other more delicate spring crops it's best to wait until after the average last frost around March 20 to plant.

Sally Rhodes, Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist, discusses summer nutrition needs for children, particularly those involved in sports.  She recommends a number of alternatives to fast food, and says water is generally better for hydration than sports drinks.  Sally also reflects on an article recommending that

Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith, Hunt County Master Gardener, says January is time to start planting early spring crops such as onions, and preparing the soil for other gardening activities.  Also, a landscape design class begins March 3, sponsored by the Hunt County Agrilife Extension service, and the extension service is now taking applications for people who would like to train to become master gardeners.

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says the Agrilife Extension Service in Greenville offers soil-testing kits that can tell you a lot about your soil, and what may be needed to grow certain kinds of plants.  And Stephanie says a home-garden tour is coming up Saturday, May 31.

Garden Friend or Foe? How to Identify

Jul 14, 2012
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The familiar sound of cicadas and crickets and frequent grasshopper, roach and beetle sightings are back in Northeast Texas.