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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, offers non-toxic tips for combating insects that attack your garden.  One of Wayne's recommendations is a mix of orange oil and Dawn dish washing liquid for battling ants.  Also, Wayne says time is running out to sign up for training to become a Master Gardener

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says most garden crops will eventually recover from the heavy rainfall we've had over the past several weeks, although he says he's seen tomato plants turning yellow and suffering from the wet ground.  Wayne says the Master Gardeners will soon be recruiting new members with a training program available in the fall.  And Wayne says gardening provides individuals with more than enough excercise to stay in good shape.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman cautions gardeners about the rose rosette disease which has infected many roses in North Texas, in particular the popular Knock-Out Roses.  Also, Wayne reminds us that the Master Gardeners Tour of Gardens is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (May 15).

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman recommends "companion gardening." He says some plants compliment each other and some do not "play well with others."  For example, okra doesn't need much water, but cabbage does.  Also, plants in common "families," such as potatoes and tomatoes, attract some of the same insect pests or plant diseases.  Also, the Master Gardeners tour of ga

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, advocates "scalping" your grass (cutting it very close) when you mow it early in the spring to eliminate dead growth.  He says be patient with plants that may have been damaged by the severe cold in February, becuase they may eventually grow back from the roots.  Wayne also provides advice on using mulch and compost in the garden.

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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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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says seeds are on sale in the garden centers, and the time is near to plant crops such as onions, peas and potatoes. He recommends conducting a soil test via your county extension office.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says December and January are good months to plant fruit trees in Northeast Texas, including peach, apple and plum trees.  Wayne recommends planting bare-root trees because they're cheaper.  He says trees may begin producing fruit within two or three years.

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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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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says trees can be planted year round if they are planted from containers, with "ball roots" (covered with soil).  The hole should be about three times the size of the ball.  Wayne also says leaves should be raked into flower beds and gardens rather than bagged and sent to the landfill.

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Wayne Bowman, Hunt County Master Gardener, says if you intend to grow any fall vegetables, time is running out.  It's important to plant so that you can harvest a crop before the first frost by around mid-November.  Wayne recommends buying transplants from garden centers at this point, in particular the "cole crops," such as cabbage, turnips and collard greens.  Wayne also discusses soil testing in this conversation.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says now is the time to start planting fall vegetable gardens.  In fact, it's already late to start tomatoes from seed, although seedling can still be planted.  Wayne says it's important to take into account the average date of the first frost, generally the second week of November for Hunt County.  Beans, corn and squash won't survive the fro

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman says, as we enter the summer, it is best to water flowers or vegetables early in the morning, rather than during the day or night, to get the best results.  Wayne says eight hours of the intense Texas sun is more than enough, so consider creating artificial shade on the west side of plants to provide some relief in the afternoon.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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.