Border BioBlitz documents Santa Ana wildlife in binational science effort

ALAMO — Looking to preserve the biodiversity of the Rio Grande Valley, volunteers from both sides of the border have been working to document...

Garden View: Information available to help identify pests in your garden

BY BARBARA STORZIdentifying and controlling insects in a vegetable garden can be a challenge. However, more than 90 percent of insects are not pests,...

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...

Garden View: Create a rain garden

BY BARBARA STORZRain gardens offer a way to reduce rainwater runoff, which contributes to flooding. These gardens filter the runoff and lessen the amount...

Preventing diabetes — the role of fruits and veggies

BY BARBARA STORZNovember is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day. Around the globe people struggle to prevent or control...

Bring bird diversity to your garden with native trees

BY ANITA WESTERVELTHosting our resident and winter-visiting birds is always fun here in the Rio Grande Valley. It’s possible to increase the variety of...

Identifying birds in the Valley not always easy

ANITA WESTERVELT | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Identifying birds isn’t always easy in the Rio Grande Valley. Young birds don’t always come into their adult markings...

Garden View: Artemisia — A silver jewel in the garden

BY BARBARA STORZLooking for silver foliage plants to fill in or to highlight the showy blooming plants in the garden? Artemisia Powis Castle is...

Palm trees beneficial to bats

ANITA WESTERVELT | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Torrents of rain come to the Rio Grande Valley once or twice a year. After a few days, hordes...

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...