Take a tomato taste test Saturday at the farmers market

It takes a scientist about six years to develop a new variety of tomato. During this time, tomatoes are crossed and grown in multiple seasons....

Garden View: Planting seeds with your child

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Gardening with a child is a great way to plant the seeds of knowledge. When you plant seeds...

Garden View: Options for rainwater harvesting

My plants sure have been enjoying these recent light rain showers, which got me thinking about different ways that we can capture that water. Let’s...

Amardillo — An important if somewhat annoying Texas critter

ANITA WESTERVELT |  SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The nine-banded armadillo is the only species of armadillo in the United States, although 20 species exist throughout...

Garden View: Creating a serene garden space

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Do you yearn for a place to read, watch wildlife or just relax? A serene garden can serve as...

Garden View: Spring into your garden

ASHLEY GREGORY | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR With temperatures in the 40s early this week, it didn’t seem as if the first day of spring...

Garden View: Celebrate National Nutrition Month at the farmers market

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO MONITOR March is National Nutrition Month and the Growing Growers Farmers Market is celebrating in a special way. In the...

Planting and watering a tree to ensure establishment

ASHLEY GREGORY | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The other day someone asked me “when is the best time to plant a tree?” and jokingly I...

The greatness of the Rio Grande Valley’s kiskadees

ANITA WESTERVELT | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Many are familiar with the startlingly shrill shriek of the great kiskadee, but many don’t realize what a...

Garden View: Grow a bountiful bee garden

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Plants and crops depend on bees and pollinators to reproduce. So pollinators should be an important part of...