Planting Growing Season
Mar25

Planting Growing Season

As temperatures warm-up, our planting season take up and watching plant development as progresses is a fundamental tool to control diseases. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension information states that plant diseases can occur at any stage during the course of plant growth. The rapid, accurate diagnosis of the cause of a disease, along with the implementation of a rapid treatment, is essential to ensure the protection of the crop. Certain...

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Preserving the Harvest by Johanna Hicks
Mar17

Preserving the Harvest by Johanna Hicks

With the recent warmer temperatures, many people are turning their thoughts to gardening.  An abundance of home grown fruits and vegetables often triggers the desire to can foods at home.   While this can be a fun and rewarding way to keep foods long after the season ends, care must be taken to assure that foods canned at home are safe to eat. Following research-based methods and using tested recipes are things to consider when...

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Basic Home Vegetable Gardening Training
Mar12
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Spring is Busy for Hopkins County 4-H Members
Mar11

Spring is Busy for Hopkins County 4-H Members

Spring is Busy for Hopkins County 4-H Members Every time I present a program, I ask for a show of hands of those who are familiar with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  A few hands usually go up.  (Granted, our agency has been through three name changes since I first started, so the confusion is understandable!)  Then, I ask how many have heard of the 4-H program.  Almost every hand pops up!  I then explain that the 4-H and...

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Vegetable gardening: The mighty tomato by Dr. Mario Villarino
Mar11

Vegetable gardening: The mighty tomato by Dr. Mario Villarino

County Extension Agent for Ag and Natural Resources- Hopkins. Tomato is considering by many, the ultimate crop for the home garden. Personally, tomato are a fundamental part of our family diet. Having both French, Italian and Mexican influences growing up, I vividly remember my mother preparing a roma tomato with salt as a mid-day snack. Joe Masabni, Texas AgriLife Extension horticulturist indicated that tomatoes are the most popular...

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