Joette Reger's archive

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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The most beautiful garden ever, located in Seville’s Alcazar

The best gardens are the gardens that complement their surroundings. A ranch house might look just “wrong” with a formal hedge garden, but some homes need that formal look. You may have a home that has an area that is just perfect for this formality. Picture yourself sitting at a glass-topped table having a morning cup of coffee, listening to a little outdoor fountain surrounded by a room-like hedge.

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Lasagna gardening with speakers Phyllis Smith and Ann Bares, with help from butt

We can thank Master Gardener team leaders Toni Clark, Tony Lucenti, Cecil Hightower, Jerry Jobe, Melissa Starr, Dorothy Norris, Diane Davis, Penny Gilfillian, Phyllis Smith Stellina Reid, Joyce Logan, Carolyn Barras and many more for this years very successful Annual Fall Plant Sale.

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Who doesn’t like a delicious eggplant parmesan brimming with hot, bubbly cheese and marinara sauce? Made from your own homegrown eggplant and tomatoes, of course. It’s not as difficult as you might think to have your own patch of eggplant at easy reach in the backyard.

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I don’t know about you all, but about this time of year, I’m getting anxious for a little cool weather. And not all of us head to Market Basket or H-E-B for our pumpkins and squash when its time to start fall decorating and cooking. Lots of you all have already prepared and planted your fall gardens and are ready to pick those squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes and more. In fact, many local gardeners can just walk into their backyard and pick what they need. Would you like to try? It’s just not that difficult.

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