Elysian Fields ISD students receive Junior Master Gardener certificates

COLLEGE STATION – A year’s worth of participation in the Junior Master Gardener program came to a close for a group of middle school students who visited the Texas A&M University horticulture department in College Station and took part in a certificate ceremony. Middle school students, parents, faculty and school board members from Elysian Fields […]

AgriLife Extension offers two June water programs for professionals, homeowners

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Tom Green County has two water programs planned in San Angelo during June — the first targets professional irrigators, the second is for homeowners. The Texas Water Star Conference for landscape professionals will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 8. Individual registration is $30 due upon […]

AgriLife Extension expert: Grow tomatoes all season long

OVERTON – Timing and variety choice can help tomato aficionados avoid production gaps during the dog days of summer, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Texas gardeners typically plant tomatoes twice – in the spring and late-summer – with a break during extremely hot periods of July and August, during which production […]

Texas A&M AgriLife’s novel winter-hardy hibiscus hybrids hitting U.S. market

VERNON – The 2018 Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus collection by Texas A&M AgriLife Research debuts this weekend with 11 cultivars commercialized by J. Berry Nursery in Grand Saline. “For the first time ever, in collaboration with J. Berry Nursery, we have developed a number of compact cultivars with novel flower colors ranging from the illusive […]

Mystic Spires Blue Salvia latest Texas Superstar release

COLLEGE STATION – A new and improved salvia variety — Mystic Spires Improved Blue Salvia – has been named the latest Texas Superstar and is available for purchase in retail garden centers and nurseries. Mystic Spires Improved was named a 2018 Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

Don’t let fire ants ruin your summer, take steps this spring

DALLAS – Dealing with fire ants is no picnic, but getting rid of them can be as easy as Step 1, Step 2, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas, said spring is a good time to control fire ants as this is when they search for […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Extension converge at EarthX April 20-22

DALLAS – Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will showcase environmental initiatives in more than 2,400 square feet of display booth space at EarthX April 20-22. “The world’s largest environmental experience,” according to EarthX’s event website, takes place at Fair Park, Dallas. The three-day event includes an exposition, conference and […]

April 25 course will review rain garden design, construction, maintenance

FORT WORTH — Dr. Fouad Jaber, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecological engineering specialist in Dallas, will deliver an April 25 course on designing, building and maintaining gardens that take maximum advantage of rainwater and stormwater runoff. The course, Rain Garden: Design, Building and Maintenance from Backyard to Parking Lot, will be in the Azalea […]