GARDEN VIEW: Gardening can grow happiness, reduce anxiety

I always enjoy working in my garden and nothing can put my busy mind to rest like pruning and weeding. The combination of connecting...

GARDEN VIEW: Herbal teas: refreshing and tasty

Herb gardens are in their glory right now in the Rio Grande Valley, especially those herbs that thrive in tropical and subtropical regions, like...

Garden View: Companion Planting

At this time, with so many people working together, and apart, to overcome challenges brought on by the coronavirus, I am inspired to introduce...

Garden View: Mulch benefits: low cost, low maintenance for your home landscapes

Even though we are seriously aware of conserving moisture, slowing flood waters, reducing pesticide use, having healthier plants, smothering weeds, saving money, recycling materials...

A sprouted surprise

Tomato, Solanum lycopersicum, a member of the Solanaceae family. This particular species needs further identification to include: Lycopersicon esculentum var. cerasiforme. This is one of those plants...

Cabbage is among nature’s super foods to fight disease

Cabbage and its family relatives are on the list of “super foods” that support our health in many ways. A recent study about cabbage and...

Garden View: Controlling the pests in your garden

Last month we talked about vegetable varieties for a spring garden and as soon as I mentioned how unusually warm it had been —...

Spinach: Easy to grow, nutritious in many ways

At this time of year, a drive through farming areas of the Rio Grande Valley offers proof that greens are important crops to area...

Garden View: McAllen farmers market offers variety of produce and goods

The Growing Growers Farmers Market, located in McAllen’s Firemen’s Park, is celebrating its 12th birthday today. That may not seem very long ago, but I...

Garden View: Vegetable varieties for spring

We still have two more months before its officially spring, but no one told the plants because they have been blooming like they’ve never...