Texas thistle a valuable Valley native

BY ANITA WESTERVELTSpring is here. I know because I saw an American robin — harbinger of spring in the Midwest — hopping around the...

Garden View: Dragon fruit season begins

BY BARBARA STORZDragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a tropical, night blooming cactus that originated in Mexico and Central and South America. Spanish...

Protecting your grass from disease

Last Friday officially marked the first day of winter, but in deep South Texas the grass is still green and growing. Locally, we rarely...

Garden View: Upcoming garden programs

BY BARBARA STORZAre you planning a vegetable garden? Maybe you want to improve your financial picture by selling vegetables? Or, do you want to...

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...

Recovery weeks are stepping stones to completing a marathon

BY GERMAN MEDRAZOLast week should have been a recovery week and I want to talk about the importance of recovery:We need to exert higher...

Creatures of the night

BY JOHN BRUSHStatement of the obvious incoming: humans are diurnal animals. Sure, we often stay up late (some of us consider ourselves “night owls”),...

Celebrating the beautiful birds of Quinta Mazatlán

BY JOHN BRUSHWhen I see the excitement a beautiful bird brings out of people — the smiles and gasps, the high-fives and hugs after...

A paddling of ducks

ANITA WESTERVELT | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR As we get ready for fall bird migration, a fun thing to think about is the ancient language...

Garden View: Landscaping for security

BY BARBARA STORZSpecialized landscaping to ensure security is an old concept. Walled gardens of Islam were known for their safety. The swept gardens of...