Garden View: How to keep a healthy lawn

Take-All Root Rot (TARR) is a fungal pathogen that is very common in our area and was particularly active this past year. While I...

Garden View: The deal with dill

Dill, Anethum graveolens, is an ancient herb that historically, has been used as a culinary herb and an important medicinal herb in several cultures. Dill began in...

Garden View: Getting your potted poinsettia to bloom again

BY LORI MURRAY SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR What can you do with your poinsettias when the holidays are over? Fortunately, those of us who live in the...

Garden View: Stop, smell and make roses into medicinal tea

For centuries, rose petals have been used in making medicinal teas. As we celebrate January as National Tea Month, I thought it would be interesting...

Garden View: Gardening programs for the new decade

There’s nothing like spending a week with your family to make you want to run to the backyard for some quality time with your...

Three Valley native plants that attract warblers

BY ANITA WESTERVELT TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST Three native Valley plants that produce berries noted to attract warblers staying in the Rio Grande Valley during the winter...

Home for the holidays

BY ANITA WESTERVELT TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST They’re tiny, they’re quick, they’re wily. They’re warblers — certainly the thrill of spring and fall migration — and lucky...

Garden View: Louisiana wormwood, or Estafiate, has antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory properties

Artemisia ludoviciana is known as Louisiana wormwood or Louisiana sagewort, and to Spanish speakers, it is known as Estafiate. This common herb is actually...

Garden View: How to choose the best poinsettias for the holiday season

BY LORI MURRAY SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR One of the joys of my Christmas season is gazing at the sea of red that dominates huge areas...

Slower going, but some snakes are still making appearances

BY ANITA WESTERVELT SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR One reptile, the diamondback water snake (Nerodia rhombifer), may still be observed in the Rio Grande Valley while temperatures...