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...

Garden View: Array of ways to make heart-healthy eating choices

February is National Heart Health month, and filling our plates with naturally, colorful vegetables is important for heart health. Having an array of colorful...

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...