Garden View: Fall container gardens say ‘Welcome’

Cooler weather means fall holidays and events are on the horizon. Container gardens at the entry to your home are a great way to...

Garden View: Common pests found in the home landscape

Let’s talk a little about some of the most common pests that we see in our home landscapes. I’m going to limit our focus...

And it was all yellow: Yellow bells of Esperanza are popular nectar source

The air will soon be aflutter with masses of colorful butterflies searching for colorful flowers and rich nectar sources. One popular Valley shrub coming into...

Garden View: Chives: Easy to grow and healthy, too

Chives are a perennial member of the Onion family and are native to North America and Eurasia. Onion chives, which have tubular leaves similar...

Garden View: Upcoming local gardening programs, workshops

Even through the hottest days of summer, the Master Gardeners have been busy improving and maintaining their 1-acre Educational Garden located in San Juan....

Dog days of summer as ancient as cicada’s song

A Texas cicada, the Superb Dog-days cicada, Neotibicen superbus, is so named because it makes its annual appearance during the dog days of summer — those...

Garden View: Plants designed for summer survival

South Texas heat can be brutal on plants and protecting our trees, shrubs and garden plants from the heat and drying winds is a...

Garden View: Start planning your fall vegetable garden

We are halfway through summer and the hotter the days get the less I want to work in my yard. While you may not...

Garden View: Moringa plants offer a variety of health benefits

The moringa tree, moringa oleifera, originates from tropical and sub-tropical areas of southern Asia, especially India. Moringa has been utilized as a medicinal herb...

Texas pocket gopher — prevalent but rarely seen

Texas pocket gophers are prevalent in sandy soils of South Texas. The critters rarely surface, which is why they aren’t often seen, but their...