Home and Garden

Photo by Stephanie Reger

Bees are said to be responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. The Aggie horticulture website states, “Forget about honey, pollen and royal jelly. Just think of a world without beans, tomatoes, onions and carrots, not to mention the hundreds of other vegetables, oilseeds and fruits that are dependent upon bees for pollination. And the livestock that are dependent upon bee-pollinated forage plants, such as clover.”

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tomatoes

Want fall tomatoes? The time is now if you want to try your hand at growing fall tomatoes. Never tried it? Well, just about now, when your spring tomatoes are a big mess in the garden and overwrought with heat and not producing, is just about time to put in the delicious fall tomatoes. This should give us just about enough time to have some yummy tomatoes before the first freeze. (Yes, it will get cold again.)

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It’s kitten season, with tiny, fuzzy, colorful, adorable kitties available at Beaumont Animal Services for free! Starting Sept. 1 and running all month long, BAS is waving the adoption fee for any kittens under 4 months. Adult cats will have half price adoption fees! All cats at Beaumont Animal Services have been vaccinated and wormed. 

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Molly

Say hi to Molly! Molly is ready to find her forever home. Her previous owner says that her mother was a beautiful German Shepard and the father was a Leopard Catahoula. Molly was born May 17, 2015, and is current on all of her vaccinations. She knows basic commands. She does very well with children and other dogs and is extremely nurturing to small dogs and puppies. She has not had puppies of her own and needs to be fixed. Molly is very protective and alert but not at all aggressive.

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Dunkin

Hello, friends! My name is Dunkin, and I am a goofy, playful young male Great Dane mix. I have big feet and a bigger heart. I already weigh 60 pounds, and I’m still getting bigger. I can’t wait to find a family that will love me from my nose to my toes! Dunkin No. 26951

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Ramsey

Ramsey is a very handsome and regal chocolate Lab mix. He enjoys the company of other dogs and loves to romp around in the yard. He is fantastic on a leash, knows how to sit and is not a barker! He’s around 2 years old and weighs 50 pounds. No. 26693

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How lucky are we! In our neck of the woods, we can plant virtually everything that our spring garden had and enjoy these veggies in the fall season. Isn’t it great to just go out into the backyard and pull a tomato or squash? And of course, the flavors are just incomparable!

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When most of the other flowering plants in your yard are gasping for air, the bougainvillea is just hitting its stride. They start smiling and blooming like crazy when there isn’t much water, when the sun is too hot and when you can barely walk barefoot on your concrete sidewalk.

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Firecracker plant from Mexico

You know you are popular when you get a nickname or two. Well, the firecracker plant has lots of nicknames. What does that tell you?

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Crepe myrtle

Whether you spell it crape myrtle or crepe myrtle, you can’t help but love this long lasting bloomer. These small flowering trees or large bushes can be seen in commercial plantings and in lots of creative lawns around town. Why do we love them so much? For one thing, they bloom around 120 days throughout the spring, summer and fall. Use them as screens, lawn specimens, shrub borders and container plants. We call them “The Kings of Color.”

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