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High humidity brings disease

July 5, 2014

As grateful as gardeners are for rain, high humidity can promote fungal diseases and other pesky garden and lawn problems.

Keep an eye out for the following:

POWDERY MILDEW

This common plant disease is one of many mildew fungi.

As the fungus grows, it releases spores that blow in the wind and land on other plants.

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Capture valuable rainwater to use on dry days

June 21, 2014

Do you ever wish that you could capture the precious rainwater that falls all too infrequently?

While it is impossible to save all the rain that occasionally soaks your property, you may capture a significant amount for later use.

Harvesting rainwater for use in home landscapes saves money, reduces demand on municipal water supplies, makes efficient use of a valuable resource and helps to reduce flooding, erosion and contamination of surface water from runoff.

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Cultivate zesty Texas herbs

May 24, 2014

While dried herbs are readily available, fresh herbs add a special zest to most dishes, especially if the herbs are cultivated in your own garden.

Growing herbs at home is easy, takes little space and ensures freshness that simply can’t be found in store-bought fare.

This year, grow a few herbs to perk up your culinary creations!

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Beautiful blankets

May 10, 2014
Beautiful blankets

Lovely splashes of spring color are in beautiful display in the Hood County countryside. This batch of Indian blankets are thriving along Loop 567 near Highway 377 West as a light rain shower passes over Thursday morning.

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Discover wild grasses

May 10, 2014

Texans regularly drive the highways each spring in search of wildflowers.

Blue, red, pink and yellow flowers abound.

We seldom give the colors green, bronze or buff a second thought, even though our prairies, hillsides, woodlands and waterways are filled with native grasses in these hues!

Not to be confused with high-maintenance turf, the grasses of field and stream typically fend for themselves.

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Irises steal the show

April 26, 2014

Tulips may rule in Amsterdam, but irises reign supreme in North Central Texas.

These bulbous perennial plants score points for their ease of cultivation, durability, beauty, variety and ability to withstand weather extremes.

Many other spring flowers are pretty, but irises simply steal the show with its exquisite blooms.

No garden should be without irises, particularly since they are so easy and inexpensive to obtain.

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Create a fairy garden

April 12, 2014

We all need a little magic and whimsy in our gardens.

With the mix of materials available to gardeners today, landscapes need not be boring.

They may, in fact, be fanciful – at least in part.

Certainly elaborate, water-consuming landscapes are not wise, given today’s dry conditions.

Rather than restricting us, however, the drought is forcing gardeners to be more resourceful and creative.

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Growing, cooking with herbs

March 29, 2014
Growing, cooking with herbs

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present a program on growing, harvesting and using herbs Tuesday evening, April 22, from 6:30 to 8 in Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.

During the program, “Learning To Cook With Herbs,” attendees will be instructed in the basics of tending herbs that are useful in the kitchen.

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Inspect trees for damage

March 29, 2014

Mother Nature has dealt a cruel hand to our landscapes.

Trees, in particular, suffered from drought, high heat and extreme cold weather in the past few years.

Some died, while others barely held on to life.

It has been a tough time to be a tree.

With the advent of spring, trees should be inspected for damage.

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Master Gardeners to host plant sale today

March 29, 2014

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will host a plant sale today (Saturday) from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the parking lot next to the group’s Demonstration and Education Garden behind Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.

Heat- and drought-tolerant species will comprise most of the plants.

Included will be a large variety of perennials, succulents, grasses, herbs and vegetables.

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