GARDEN VIEW: Summer squash — delicious and healthy

BY BARBARA STORZSummer squash are highly nutritious, tasty and very low in calories. Squash are native to the Americas and come in a wide...

Garden View: Plan your fall garden now

BY BARBARA STORZIf you know me, you know I’ve said this before: “The fall vegetable garden is the best in South Texas!”We have the...

The many forms of baby birds

BY JON BRUSHWhen we think of baby birds, a variety of images may come to mind. Probably the most common image is of two...

Garden View: “Growing Vegetable Soup” for kids

BY BARBARA STORZThe Growing Growers Farmers Market has partnered with the South Texas Literacy Coalition to hold a free Family Health Literacy Festival from...

The value of native plants

BY JOHN BRUSHWe often appreciate plants for very specific, and often obvious, reasons. We value them for the food they provide us; a personal...

Garden View: Planning your spring garden

ASHLEY GREGORY | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The start of a new year usually inspires people to start fresh or try new things. If you are...

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...

Succulents are popular, for good reason

BY ANITA WESTERVELTSucculents are fun, nearly care free and reproduce relatively easily on their own. They can make excellent ground covers and are just...

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...

GARDEN VIEW: Veggies for a healthy heart

BY BARBARA STORZFebruary is National Heart Health Month. Filling our plates with colorful vegetables provides for heart health all year. Consuming an array of...