One of the Busiest Gardening Months of the Year is Here.
Feb25

One of the Busiest Gardening Months of the Year is Here.

Texas AgriLife Extension recommendations for March by M.C.Hansen, extension horticulturist for East Texas include the following: March weather for Northeast Texas can be very fickle – it could still freeze since average last freeze is around March 12, and yet it still could be very balmy and pleasant most of the month. Freezing weather mainly affects the timing of planting cold-sensitive plants, like tomatoes or begonias. If you...

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Energy and Plant Development
Feb18

Energy and Plant Development

Energy is in constant debate because we as a culture and society have created our surroundings dependent of energy.  Most of our housing, offices and building codes are meant to satisfy safety and personal appeal, not energy efficiency. One very effective way to harness energy is using plants, probably the most effective biological energy collector systems today. However, even plants require light and heat to propagate from seeds. A...

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Hopkins County Schools Celebrate Earth Day in a Big Way April 22nd
Feb13

Hopkins County Schools Celebrate Earth Day in a Big Way April 22nd

Hopkins County schools celebrate Earth Day in a big way. This year Earth Day will take place on April 22. Yvonne McDaniel with the Hopkins County Environmental Committee says teachers’ guides for Earth Day will be delivered to every school in the county. AgriLife Extension Agent Dr. Mario Villarino says the schools are actively involved in recycling of aluminum cans and other environmental programs

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Cyclamen Persicum, Cold Tolerant Plant for your Garden
Feb10

Cyclamen Persicum, Cold Tolerant Plant for your Garden

The days are warming up and so are the willingness to start working our gardens and plots. During the few warm days this week, I started putting my backyard in shape again. With the cold weather, the grass die out and the roses dormant, there is a lot to do during February. To begin the removal of unwanted plants and overgrowth as well as non-used containers and structures needing to get discarded to make room for spring. This week...

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Getting Ready for Livestock Shows!

Earlier on the week as I was doing project visits for 4-H and I got talking to a family mentor, I noticed something I never did before: How the family mentor (in this case a grandfather) provides care for the projects (in this case was a beef and poultry projects), his true involvement and commitment for the development of the projects and the kids he is mentoring. As we get ready for the NETLA show February 26-28, 2015, at the...

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