Joette Reger's archive

It’s that “most wonderful time of the year” again, and you may be searching for just the right gift for yourself or the gardeners in your life. The choices are so vast these days with Christmas catalogs galore and advertisements on all the websites. Right here in our own backyard, we have some unique places to shop for outdoor surprises and special treats for gardeners.

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Entries flooded in from all corners of the area for the 13th annual Golden Triangle Citrus Show, sponsored jointly by the Jefferson County Horticultural Committee and Jefferson County office of Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service. It was a huge success.

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Carnival squash

Most gardeners who have planted edibles have tried their hand at growing squash. We usually think of a garden full of yellow squash and zucchini squash that grow so easily for us in the summertime. But how many of us have tried our hand at growing winter squash?

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It’s time to show off! Pick ’em, clean ’em and polish ’em up for the much-anticipated Golden Triangle Citrus Show on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service Auditorium.

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Talk about “Texas Tough,” the coleus is just that. As we know the weather around here can be hotter than Hades one week and dry as a bone, then comes five days of rain and little sunshine. When those folks up North brag that their plants can survive the heat of over 90 degrees we just kind of giggle. We have the plus and minus of long growing seasons, hot summers and mild, erratic winters. One plant option that can serve us well here is the coleus.

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