Identifying birds in the Valley not always easy

Identifying birds isn’t always easy in the Rio Grande Valley. Young birds don’t always come into their adult markings until they are a year or...

Garden View: Moringa plants offer a variety of health benefits

The moringa tree, moringa oleifera, originates from tropical and sub-tropical areas of southern Asia, especially India. Moringa has been utilized as a medicinal herb...

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...

Check out the dunes on your next beach day

In the rush to get over hot sand and into the surf, the plant life of a dune is often overlooked. Fun surprises take shape...

Garden View: What’s in your soil?

BY BARBARA STORZAre you planning a vegetable garden or putting in a cut-flower bed? If so, you will need to be familiar with soil,...

Garden View: Petunias are a colorful addition to your home

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Petunias have long been a mainstay in summer gardens north of the Rio Grande Valley. In our climate,...

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: Fall Garden Festival and plant sale

BY BARBARA STORZThe Hidalgo County Master Gardeners and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are holding a Fall Garden Festival and Plant Sale with free...

Coach’s corner: Becoming our own source of inspiration

BY GERMAN MEDRAZOLast week we talked about what inspires us. And, honestly, it’s very rewarding to talk about one’s journey and one’s battles to...

Garden View: Upcoming Master Gardener classes

BY BARBARA STORZTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in both Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, will hold its annual Master Gardener volunteer training from 9 a.m....