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Hunt County Master Gardeners

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Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, relates the story of Texas Superstars, plants endorsed by Texas A&M Agrilife that are especially well-adapted to the Texas climate.  Cynthia says this Thursday, June 27, the public invited to attend the Superstars Test Trials at the Agrilife facility in Overton, near Tyler, to see plants being tested for Superstar status.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Cynthia Beacom says Asian Jasimine, and several variants, provide excellent ground cover in shady areas.  Also, Thursday (June 13) is the deadline to apply for the Master Gardeners' training program starting Wednesday, September 4.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says the organization is inviting new members to participate in a training program this fall from September 4-November 6.  Prospective Master Gardeners must apply by Thursday, June 13.  Wayne also discusses the benefits of using rain barrels.  He says the captured rain water is great for watering plants, and

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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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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman offers his expert tips for working vegetable gardens, flower beds and yards.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says you can start your gardening activities now, but be aware that a late frost is possible.  The average last frost date is March 12, and the latest frost date is April 13.  If you put plants in the ground, and there's the threat of a frost, cover the plants with a cloth cover -- such as a sheet or blanket -- but not plastic.

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Hunt County Master Gardeners Wayne Bowman and Byron Chitwood offer tips for early season gardening in Northeast Texas.  It's high time for rose bushes to be pruned.  And Wayne and Byron offer more advice on handling unwanted animals who find their way into your garden ... including dogs and cats.

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Hunt County Master Gardeners Byron Chitwood and Wayne Bowman discuss ways of coping with common garden pests, such as armadillos and rabbits. A "Learn With Master Gardeners" educational series begins Thursday, March 21.

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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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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says September is the time to plant bluebonnets so that they'll grow next spring.  He recommends scarifying, or roughing up, the seeds and soaking them in warm water.  It's also the time plant other wildflower seeds.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says there's still time to plant fall tomatoes.  They may not ripen before the first frost, but he says pick them while they're still green, and they'll ripen in your window sill. 

 

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says fire ants can be combatted with what's called the "Texas Two-Step" method.  Step one is less well-known -- spreading fire-ant bait over the entire yard.  Step two is more familiar -- placing the bait on top of individual mounds. The Master Gardeners are hosting a tour starting at 9 a.m. Saturday (June 2), including the Heritage Garden in downtown Greenville.  Tickets are for sale at the Hunt County Agrilife Extension office on Washington Street.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says it is prime time for planting tomatoes.  He says the Celebrity variety is the most popular in Northeast Texas, but he recommends planting several varieties of tomatoes to get the best results.  Byron enjoys growing asparagus.  He says it takes about two years for an

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says mid-January is a good time to plant crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and some varieties of onions.  Byron says the cold winter we've had will be good for gardeners because it will have killed a lot of insects.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood relates some tasks that gardeners should be attending to during the winter months, including mulching, caring for tools, and draining or stabilizing fuel in mowers and other gasoline-powered machines.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says leeks, onions and garlic are excellent plants to grow during the winter months -- starting now -- in Northeast Texas.  Garlic has the advantage of keeping away animals who don't like the smell.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says fall is an excellent time to plant greens, the leafy tops of vegetables that many people enjoy as much or more than the main part of the plant.  Byron says in particular now is the time to plant mustard greens, which are a warmer season crop.  He categorizes beets, broccoli, cabbage and collards as winter greens, which do better in

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says now is the time to start planting for fall gardens.  He says in many ways, fall gardening is better than gardening in the spring, because the cooler weather later in the fall is beneficial to the plants.  Some of the best fall vegetables to plant include collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and even tomatoes.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says it's already time to start planting fall tomatoes.  He says there are not many nurseries now that have tomato plants in stock, so he suggests propagating fall tomato plants by clipping stems from the top of the most productive summer tomato plants and replanting them in Styrofoam cups or small pots. 

 

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says the best varieties of tomatoes for Northeast Texas are Celebrities and Romas.  He says pests can be managed by spraying plants with water mixed with Dawn dish washing detergent, a couple of tablespoons per gallon.  Or you can plant basil and garlic near your tomato plants to keep away insects.

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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.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says fall gardeners can exchange plant bulbs and perennials at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Hunt County Extension Outdoor Learning Center at 2213 Washington Street in downtown Greenville (south of Market Square).  At 6 p.m., Thursday, October 15, a program on wildflowers and herbs will be held at the Outdoor Learning Center.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says once the worst of the summer heat is over, it'll be time to plant lettuce, greens, beets, radishes, carrots, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and other cool season crops in Northeast Texas.  Stephanie says it's good to mix 2-3 inches of compost into the ground and fertilize.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith discusses some of the late-summer flowering plants that handle the heat and dry weather well, including Gold Star Esperanza and Pentas.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says it's time to plant fall tomatoes.  Small-to-medium size tomatoes are recommended.  It's also time to plant red and green peppers and pumpkins.  The Master Gardeners are presenting a program on rainwater harvesting at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 16 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center on Highway 69 South in Greenville.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith covers the basics of container gardening, which she says is a fun and convenient option in our area.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith discusses a recent article by Texas gardening expert Neil Sperry on the "goofy" things that gardeners do, including pruning too much, using "native" plants that really aren't native, and insisting on trying to grow grass in the heavy shade.  Stephanie also describes a birdhouse building event for children this Saturday (June 13) at the Master Gardeners' center

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says gardeners should be aware of some diseases threatening roses and crepe myrtles in North and Northeast Texas.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith tells us that the Master Gardeners will accept entries in the annual horticulture contest at the Hunt County Fair from 4-6 p.m.

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