Earth-Kind landscape shortcourse set for Jan. 21-23 in College Station

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, Contact: Dr. Mengmeng Gu, 979-845-8567, COLLEGE STATION — Professionals who manage and maintain urban green spaces are encouraged to attend the Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course Jan. 21-23 in College Station, according to organizer Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture specialist. The event will be at the […]

Easy, affordable cover extends growing season in home gardens

COLLEGE STATION — A technique used by commercial growers to protect tender crops from harmful cold temperatures may be an affordable option for home growers as well, according to Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service vegetable specialist. “I’ve been working with strawberry producers, and we’ve found that using plastic covers to form small […]

AgriLife Extension entomologists brace for possible new ag pest

  Tawny crazy ant has potential for profound effect on production agriculture, experts say Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contacts: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, Dr. Bill Ree, 979-845-6479, SAN ANGELO – The tawny crazy ant, a relative newcomer to the U.S., is expanding its range, causing concern among Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

‘Liking’ this Facebook page may help treat what you don’t like on your plants

COLLEGE STATION — If you “like” the Texas Plant Diagnostic Lab on Facebook, it’s probably because there is something happening to your plants that you definitely do not like. Seeing yellow leaves on basil or black spots on Indian hawthornleaves, for example, is much the same for a plant as coughing or having a rash […]

Picking vegetables to grow starts with knowing where to plant

COLLEGE STATION — No matter how you look at it, the online Texas Vegetable Variety Selector will help growers choose the best types to grow in a particular locale, according to Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in College Station. “It’s a one-stop website designed to help AgriLife Extension agents and the […]

Popular AgriLife Extension horticulturist Barbara Storz retires

EDINBURG  –  When retired high school teacher Ricardo Carranza decided to hone his gardening skills, he sought out Barbara Storz, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in Hidalgo County. “I’d heard of Barbara and thought this would be the opportunity to learn from the best,” Carranza said. “Turns out, it paid off royally!” Carranza […]

Bexar County Youth Gardens program introduces urban kids to gardening, nature

AgriLife Extension program provides variety of seasonal, year-long youth activities SAN ANTONIO – While many youth activities have slowed down with the end of summer and in anticipation of the holidays, this fall the Bexar County Youth Gardens program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has continued to provide fun and educational activities. “Throughout […]

Texas roses must be ‘on’ year round to make the cut

COLLEGE STATION — It’s late autumn, and most of the blossom-laden plants that colored summer are fading. But seasonal changes offer no excuse for roses in experimental plots around Texas. They had better be loaded with colorful, fragrant autumn blooms and healthy green foliage if they ever expect to be planted in someone’s yard. That’s […]

Aquaponics field day set for Nov. 7 in Weslaco

WESLACO – It’s a tidy little system that you can set up in your backyard, a commercial warehouse or on your desktop — on a real desk, not a computer — that produces both edible fish and vegetables, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert in Weslaco. It’s called aquaponics, said Andrew “Andy” McArdle, a […]