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Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, recommends the "Texas Superstar" pentas, a flowering plant that provides continuous color and is a favorite of butterflies.  Texas Superstars are designated by Texas A&M Agrilife as plants that are especially well-suited to the Texas climate.  Cynthia also discusses the

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says composting -- "hot" or "cold" -- is a useful way to dispose of yard and household waste that produces beneficial compost or mulch for gardens and flower beds. 

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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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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says a good way to start vegetable gardening is by "square-foot gardening" in a space as small as four feet by four feet.  Wayne recommends a raised bed, which could even be on a platform.

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Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, says perennials are economical and relatively easy to manage in the garden.  She says one of her favorites is the purple coneflower.  She says other colors of the plant don't work as well for her.  She also recommends Jacob Cline bee balm (which attracts bees) and John Fanick phlox (which attracts butterflies). 

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Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, says gardening is an excellent activity for people who are forced to stay home because of the coronavirus.  Gardening can burn up to 300 calories an hour.  On another topic, Cynthia says crepe myrtle bark scale is becoming a problem.  It is not fatal to the trees, but reduces their blooms and covers the trunks with a dark scaly substance.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman shares his early-spring gardening tips.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, provides advice on planting late winter/early spring gardens from seeds.  Wayne says it may be awhile before the ground is dry enough for planting after the recent rains in Northeast Texas.

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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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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says now is the time to plant bluebonnet seeds if you want them to pop up next spring.  He says a good place to buy them is the U.S. Department of Agriculture office, at 5522 Highway 224 on the northeast side of Greenville.  In this program, we talk about fall gardening for vegetables and perennials.

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Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, says fall is great time to plant perennial flowering plants, such as phlox and lantanta, and also to plant bulbs, such as daffodils.  Planting in the fall will allow perennials to establish their roots during the winter months, and bulbs will sprout and blossom in the spring.  Cynthia enjoys spider lillies, which are planted from bulbs, but hard to find.  She recommends ordering through "The Bulb Hunter,"

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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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