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Hunt County Master Gardener

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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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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, discourses on the appearance of the colors of fall in the trees of Northeast Texas.  Wayne says home owners should rake and dispose of the leaves in their yards to prevent the leaves from choking their lawns, but fallen leaves in wooded, rural areas provided good nutrients for the trees. 

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman comments on strategies for watering lawns and flower beds in the hot, dry late summer weather.  Wayne says grass will retain water better if the lawn mower is set at a higher level.

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Nancy Oliver, Hunt County Master Gardener, describes growing Meyer lemon trees on a patio.  In freezing weather, she wheels the trees, which are in pots, into the house.  She produced more than 140 lemons this year.  And Cynthia Beacom, also a Master Gardener, discusses growing satsuma orange trees on her patio.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Cynthia Beacom discusses the challenges of late-summer gardening in Northeast Texas, with tips on mulch, watering and late-season plantings.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, shares some tips for starting fall gardens.  Beans, corn, peppers, and potatoes, among others, need to be harvested before the first frost, which comes around November 12.  Cabbage, lettuce and onions may survive a light frost.  Carrots, beets, carrots, spinach and kale can survive a heavy freeze, Wayne says.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says it's time to prepare for late winter and early spring gardening.  Byron says "new," or red, potatoes can be planted starting around mid-February, and now is a good time to begin preparing the gardening plots.  A copy of Byron's tips is available on the Blacklands Cafe Facebook page.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says October is prime time for planting several varieties of onions in Northeast Texas.   It is also prime time for planting garlic,  and turnip and collard greens.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says now is the time to plant fall tomatoes.  Byron says his favorite variety of tomatoes for Northeast Texas is Celebrity.  He says in this hot weather, they should be watered at least once, and perhaps, twice per day.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says the winter months are a good time for indoor gardening.  Herbs and spices such as basil, oregano, chives, dill and rosemary grow especially well inside.  Byron says they can be grown in a plastic wash pan, placed in a south window that receives a lot of sun.