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Growing a Fall Garden, by Hopkins County Master Gardener Brenda Payne
Jun30

Growing a Fall Garden, by Hopkins County Master Gardener Brenda Payne

By Brenda Payne Summer might be high season in the vegetable garden, when tomatoes, squash, and other warm-season plants are in overdrive, but autumn can be just as productive. If you begin planning and planting in late summer, you can extend your harvest of garden-fresh produce well into fall and even winter by growing cool-season crops. Many sweet root crops like beets and carrots as well as cabbage cousins like kale can continue...

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Weed War, by Hopkins County Master Gardener Ronnie Wilson
Apr27

Weed War, by Hopkins County Master Gardener Ronnie Wilson

By Ronnie Wilson, Hopkins County Master Gardener Now that spring is here and both the desirable and undesirable plants are growing again, it is time to begin the never-ending battle with weeds.  It is a shame that the frigid February temperatures only seemed to harm our “good” plants, and left the “bad” ones undamaged.  In order to begin combat with these weeds, it is first necessary to identify what type of weed is invading your...

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What’s all the Buzz? by Hopkins County Master Gardener Phyllis Kitten
Apr19

What’s all the Buzz? by Hopkins County Master Gardener Phyllis Kitten

By Phyllis Kitten, Hopkins County Master Gardener Mason bees, Osmia spp., are a group of native bees that are excellent pollinators. They are called Mason bees because they use clay/mud to make partitions and seal the entrance to their nest.  Within the insect world, bees are some of the greatest pollinators. One quarter of the food we eat is pollinated by the honeybee species, but there are approximately 4,000 bee species in North...

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Basic Tools for the Garden From Ronnie Wilson Hopkins County Master Gardeners January 26, 2021
Jan26

Basic Tools for the Garden From Ronnie Wilson Hopkins County Master Gardeners January 26, 2021

January is a good time for gardeners to take stock of their garden tools and accessories, and make sure everything is ready to go for the coming spring gardening season.  There are several tools every gardener should have at their disposal to ensure a successful garden.  All items described are hand tools, powered only by gardener muscle.  Here are several basic garden tools that may help get the job done a little bit...

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Tree Webs Not Just for Halloween From Hopkins County Master Gardeners October 26, 2020
Oct27

Tree Webs Not Just for Halloween From Hopkins County Master Gardeners October 26, 2020

That fake webbing that we like to adorn our trees and porches with for Halloween has a certain scary element to it but is not near as scary as the real thing! Fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea) ‘nests’ often start becoming noticeable in our landscapes during the late summer to late fall. The caterpillars will spin their communal webs on the ends of branches on which they are feeding. They have been found on over 400 different species of...

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Hopkins County Master Gardeners Club Ready to Plant
Jan26

Hopkins County Master Gardeners Club Ready to Plant

It is a little early in the gardening season, but the Master Gardeners are ready for spring planting. However, at the monthly meeting held at the AgriLife Extension Building on Houston St, business items took precedence over more agrarian pursuits. An executive session before the regular meeting revealed that a Board of directors must be elected and sent to meetings across Texas.  Upcoming events include a Plant Swap, and a Pesticide...

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Master Gardener Training, by Mario Villarino
Jun08

Master Gardener Training, by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas The Texas Master Gardener program is an educational volunteer program conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System.  Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic,...

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‘Plant Swap’ Sat. May 1@ 9AM by Master Gardeners, 744 Gilmer St.
Apr28

‘Plant Swap’ Sat. May [email protected] 9AM by Master Gardeners, 744 Gilmer St.

The Hopkins County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to participate at the 2021 Plant Swap this coming Saturday May 1, 2021 starting at 9:00 AM at the parking lot of the Bright Star Veterinary Clinic located at 744 Gilmer Street in Sulphur Springs. All types of plant varieties will be offered for swapping or donation. While there, you can meet other local gardeners, find out about the Extension Service’ Master Gardener...

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Year in Review: 2020 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage Education
Dec21

Year in Review: 2020 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage Education

Trainings, Tours and Field Days By Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Hopkins County Relevance Livestock and forage production is a 3.96-billion-dollar industry in the Central Region. Livestock and forage enterprises are affected by climate and market variability. Hopkins County currently has more than 100,000 head of beef cattle with 27,000 head of dairy cattle Due to environmental...

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Hopkins County Gardening In July
Jul08

Hopkins County Gardening In July

By Bob Suson, Hopkins County Master Gardener The spring was probably the wettest spring vegetable gardening in our memory; the changes that have occurred are beginning to show up. If you experienced less than desirable results, July is time to start to plan on what you want or need to change. Low spots that hold water areas that is too shady for plants to grow and don’t produce to their potential, these are suggestion areas that could...

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