Master gardeners prepare for spring planting

It’s time to plant trees, and Walker County Master Gardeners and the Texas A&M Forest Service are hosting three programs in February to help local citizens do it affordably and efficiently. Ben Plunkett will host “All About Trees” on Feb. 6 at the Huntsville Public Library. Master Gardeners will host their Tree Sale on February … Read more

The 2023 special crop gift applicatoin period is now open.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has announced that the application period for 2023 Special Crop Block Grants is now open. The deadline for submission of all application materials is Sunday, March 5, 2023. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated more than $2 million to ISDA for specialty crop projects in the … Read more

Sperry: Cold spells are very damaging to primrose jasmine

DEar Neil. We have about 20 of these primrose jasmine plants (see photo) on our 1.3-acre lot. They are around 20 years old. They’ve done well all that time, but since the Christmas cold they’ve turned brown. I don’t know if they died back. what should i do? Answer: In the year I’m surprised they … Read more

Carmen Ketron: Wait patiently, the garden season is just around the corner

My mom has been calling me every day for the past three weeks asking if she can go to the garden, cutting off the dead growth on the plants, putting her pre-emergent in the grass and planting the plants in it. The land for spring. Unfortunately, I ran out of ways to tell her it … Read more

Davis: Tips for gardeners after the recent cold snap

The cold weather and freezing temperatures late in the year have damaged grass, plants and trees across the state. Texas’ coldest December in 40 years has gardeners dealing with nasty problems in their gardens and yards. “We have a lot of ugly plants right now,” said Larry Stein, horticulturist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension … Read more

What’s happening at the Rowley Public Library.

ROWLEY – The Rowley Public Library announces the following events and programs. For more information, see the website at or call 978-948-2850. The library is located at 141 Main St. Prepare soil for gardening The library will host a gardening seminar titled “Preparing Your Soil for Gardening” on Thursday at 7 p.m. The quality … Read more

Gardening, landscaping learning opportunities

We may not be able to do yard and garden work right now, but we can use it to attend private lessons, ask questions, share and hear about extension resources to improve landscapes and solve plant problems. Nebraska Extension’s mission is to extend science-based information to help Nebraskans. For horticulture, one goal is to help … Read more

Expert: Tree loss is rare, even in storms

What many people call “fallen trees” and “broken branches,” experts like Igor Lacan call it “tree failure.” Lacan is a local gardening and urban forestry consultant for San Mateo and San Francisco counties at the University of California Cooperative Extension. Lacan has good news as he reflects on how the local trees fared in the … Read more

A tried and true gardening book that has stood the test of time.

Looking for a small garden book with lots of content? May I recommend my gardening friend, The Reader’s Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening. A quick search online and you can find 648 information packed pages for $5 to $15. Now that’s a deal! This book contains everything for the home gardener – perennials, vegetables, herbs, … Read more

Litchfield teachers use gift to enhance educational opportunity

The casual observer might believe that a new plant has been planted in the Litchfield High School office. Indeed, a long white plastic structure was planted, and at the beginning of this month, it was full of green plants. But more than decorative indoor gardening, the structure — and six others like it scattered throughout … Read more