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I don’t know about you, but I would really miss onions if they weren’t around. They are so great at adding flavor and punch to cooked dishes, and crunch and zest in their natural state. Raw or cooked, you can have your choice from a small group of “alliums,” or members of a family that include onions, garlic and chives.

Cactus blooms

What a wonderful surprise I saw the other morning on one of the hottest, dustiest and driest corners in town: The cactuses were in bloom. Even on this inhospitable corner, these courageous beauties showed off blooms that were as pretty as a rose.

In fact, plants from the huge cactus group are pretty perfect for you to consider in some high and dry area of your yard. There are also striking varieties of cacti for a windowsill or sunny spot inside your home. Some like a little shade, while some want sun all day.


Love tomatoes? We’re lucky here in Southeast Texas because in July, we get a chance to grow tomatoes again. We can grow them first in the spring and plant again in July to get tomatoes until Old Man Frost comes to visit.

Tomatoes planted now should be planted deeply and kept well mulched and watered. Tomatoes do love the heat, but they can even tolerate a little shade from that scorching afternoon sun. 

the common daisy

There are few flowers that say “summer” and “American” like the daisy. Daisies are a super huge family with some blooms just for beauty and some blooms that you may decide to use in your kitchen.


Have you ever tried to grow apples? Yes, it is possible. Do a little research and find the species of apple that will grow well here.

If you have tried to grow apples, you learned that you may have some competition from friendly birds and bugs and other pests. An interesting body of research has been underway at Cornell University Extension Service to experiment with ways to make our apple trees more “fruitful.”