Joette Reger's archive

We have a wonderful neighborhood right here in Southeast Texas that has “raised the bar,” as neighborhoods go. The Oaks Historic District neighborhood, which extends to all points like a compass from around Calder and Seventh Street, has activities all year for residents to get to know each other.

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Lots of us don’t think about planting a garden in the fall, but it’s the perfect time for cool season veggie growing. We probably won’t have to worry about frost until mid November or later, so that gives weeks and weeks of “grow time.”

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Do you see bees in your yard or garden? If the answer is yes, then you’re the lucky one. The value of bees in agriculture has been known for thousands of years. Bees are the most effective pollinators in the world. They are a valuable resource for gardeners, and you can help to increase their shrinking numbers.


The presence of bees can dramatically increase fruit and vegetable production. Without them, there would be limited flowers and even fewer fruits and vegetables. They make your garden a healthier place, and don’t you just love that subtle buzzing sound?

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The subject of garden soil is just not as glamorous or fun as going out and shopping for new plants for your yard. But just like building a home on a bad foundation, poor soil will lead to disastrous gardening. We have all had the heartbreaking experience of buying colorful looking plants only to bring them home, plant them, and watch them struggle for survival. And we had such high hopes.

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In gardening, you often hear terms thrown around like perennial, annual, biennial, hardy annual and tender perennial. Most seasoned gardeners have a pretty good understanding of all of the differences, but it might be fun to review and give new gardeners some helpful info at the same time.

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