Plant propagation topic of Sept. 13 program in Schertz

SCHERTZ — The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will present the program “Propagation of Plants” from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 13 at the Guadalupe County Community Garden. The garden is located behind the Guadalupe County Tax Office Building, 1101 Elbel Schertz. The presenter will be Kathy Carroll, a Guadalupe County Master Gardener for six years and […]

New and old fall zinnias named Texas Superstars

New Marylandica type forms ‘mounds of color’ Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, COLLEGE STATION – What really got the Texas Superstar board members excited about fall zinnias were some new series, including the marylandica types that form disease-resistant “mounds of color,” lasting until frost when planted in late summer, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research […]

Irving, College Station, Bryan now in Water My Yard program

Website can help homeowners cut landscape water use by half – or more Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – The new Water My Yard site has been completely updated, making it even easier for homeowners to sign up, create profiles and better manage landscape irrigation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation […]

Backyard Basics Workshop Sept. 13 in Austin will focus on homegrown, homemade foods

AUSTIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Travis County Master Gardeners will present the Backyard Basics Workshop from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Austin Community College south campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane in Austin. “The public is invited to this event that will feature hands-on instruction and presentations by AgriLife […]

AgriLife Extension program Sept. 2 to show state flower’s color power

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present “The Colorization of Texas Bluebonnets” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in Suite 208 of the AgriLife Extension office for Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive in San Antonio. “This will be a comprehensive program about our state flower and the many ongoing efforts to […]

AgriLife Research-bred winter-hardy hibiscus nearer to U.S. markets

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, 940-552-9941, VERNON – Five winter-hardy hibiscus lines nurtured from tiny stem tip clippings to foot-wide flowers could see commercialization in 2015 through research overseen by Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist and forage agronomist in Vernon. The winter-hardy hibiscus breeding program was […]

Irrigation auditing/scheduling software migrates to ‘the cloud’

Irrigation system managers can design systems anywhere there’s Wi-Fi Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, COLLEGE STATION – A newly launched website will allow persons to audit an irrigation system completely from the field using mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service engineer. “This is a major […]

Garden enthusiasts to gather for Greater Houston Plant Conference Sept. 12

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, Contact: Paul Winski, 281-855-5600, HOUSTON — Trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, marketing trends, breeding programs and plant trials — all will be discussed by industry experts at the Greater Houston Plant Conference Sept. 12. The event will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M […]

Chicken is main course for AgriLife Extension backyard poultry workshop

    Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680,   LUBBOCK – Anyone interested in learning more about keeping a home chicken flock should attend the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Backyard Poultry Production workshop set from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 18 in Lubbock. The workshop will be held at the AgriLife Extension […]

Failed vegetable growers invited to garden class series

EDINBURG —  Whether you’ve got a green thumb or a brown one for failing to grow healthy vegetables in the sweltering heat of South Texas, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Hidalgo County is offering a series of classes to improve your skills and go organic. AgriLife Extension is offering their annual evening gardening […]