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Why Do You Garden?

Greg Grant has authored and co-authored several gardening books, taught college horticulture classes, writes a column for Texas Gardener magazine, introduced plants into the Southern nursery industry including Gold Star Esperanza, John Fanick phlox and Henry Duelberg sage. He is currently the Smith County horticulturist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Tyler.

I recently read Greg Grant’s blog post Natural by Nature in which he wrote about why people garden.

Taking Care of Three Popular Holiday Plants

We are nearing that time of year of gift giving!  If you are lucky, you might receive one of these popular holiday plants as a gift - the beautiful and delicate poinsettia, the dainty Christmas cactus or the bold and beautiful Amaryllis.

Spotlight on . . . Joyce Cleary, Collin County Master Gardener

An article about Collin County Master Gardener, Joyce Cleary

HOW PROTECT PLANTS BEFORE A FREEZE

HOW PROTECT PLANTS BEFORE A FREEZE

When the weather forecast predicts freezing weather, it is important to protect your plants. How do you know what to do and when?

Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden – Part 2

November Question of the month: I have heard you can have a fall and winter vegetable garden here in Texas. Can you help get me started?

This article is a follow up article from October’s question of the month. In the October article I wrote about fall vegetable gardening. I touched on the summer (every season actually) cutdown of spent vegetables, amending the soil, choosing vegetables for fall planting, average frost dates, and how to protect vegetables in freezing temperatures. Before reading this article, I recommend rereading October's article.

Spotlight on . . . Mary Nell Jackson, Collin County Master Gardener

An article about Mary Nell Jackson, Collin County Master Gardener

The Philosophical Gardener: The Joy of Bulbs

The Joy of Bulbs

By: Maureen Miller, The Philosophical Gardener

Sssshhhhh!  Don’t tell anyone, but I am a lazy gardener. If I don’t get my plants deadheaded, or for that matter even pulled out before they fade, wilt, bolt and get crisp in the Texas sun, I declare that I am “seed saving”. Yes. That is why my garden isn’t perfect. We will go with that.

Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden

October Question of the Month:

I have heard you can have a fall and winter vegetable garden here in Texas. Can you help get me started?

We are fortunate in Texas because our fall and winter seasons are “generally” mild. And because of that, we can grow vegetables all year round

 

Spotlight on . . . Janet Kirklen, Collin County Master Gardener and Webmaster

An article about Collin County Master Gardener and CCMGA Webmaster, Janet Kirklen

A Year of Extremes: The Earth-Kind Research and Demonstration Gardens at Myers Park 2021

There have been several extreme weather incidents at Myers Park this year. 

The Philosophical Gardener: Falling for Autumn

Maybe it’s because I was a fall-born baby, I don’t know but autumn is my favorite season. 

Surviving the Winter Freeze at Prosper Gardens

The Prosper Demonstration and Research Gardens, located at Rucker Elementary School and the nearby water tower at Craig and First Street, recovered nicely from the winter freeze with only nominal damage.