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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says long-range forecasts he has seen say that we're unlikely to see temperatures under 40 degrees for many days, which would put us past the average last freeze date of March 20.  Wayne says the snow that fell during the extreme cold weather in mid-February actually was a good thing for plants and gardeners, providing a layer of insulation against the temperatures that fell below 0.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says early spring gardeners may have suffered a setback with this week's severe winter weather.  Plants that have not sprouted may be OK, but those that have sprouted already likely won't survive.  But Wayne says there are actions gardeners can take once the snow melts and the ground dries out.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, offers his tips for cleaning up fall gardens and preparing for the start of gardening in the spring, including caring for tools.

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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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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 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 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