Skeleton-leaf golden eye and mistflower must-have plants for fall

BY ANITA WESTERVELTIt’s the time of year to start thinking about what you want to plant during the Valley’s cooler months.Right now, for butterflies,...

Not your store-bought holiday decorations

BY ANITA WESTERVELTTasajillo (Opuntia leptocaulis) is a pencil-thin, slender, jointed cactus with long, golden, obvious spines and hundreds of tiny ones barely visible to...

GARDEN VIEW: Drink up from flor de jamaica

BY BARBARA STORZHibiscus sabdariffa, also known as Roselle or Flor de Jamaica, is a many-branched shrub that grows well in South Texas. Although native...

GARDEN VIEW: Ground Covers for South Texas

BY BARBARA STORZGround covers are usually plants — less than 18 inches in height — that are vigorous in growth and are planted as...

Garden View: Cool color in the garden

BY BARBARA STORZColor in a garden imparts a sense of coolness or warmth. Color can also make us feel like we are looking at...

GARDEN VIEW: Vegetable gardening class coming soon

BY BARBARA STORZWant to learn how to grow vegetables for your family or to sell at a farmer’s market? I often hear folks say,...

Garden View: Kale is the king of greens

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Kale is a member of the cabbage family and is one of the most nutrient dense foods on...

Growing Growers Farmers Market celebrates 10 Years

BY BARBARA STORZThe Growing Growers Farmers Market in Firemen’s Park, at the corner of 1st Street and Business 83 in McAllen, is celebrating its...

Garden View: Gifts from the farmer, rancher and baker

Is there a gardener, birder or butterfly lover on your holiday list? Head to the farmer's market for their gift.

Mission resident views running as “a great equalizer”

BY AMANDA A. TAYLORAn adequate training routine and good company are two of the most essential elements in trail running as far as Roberto...