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...

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: Salvias superstars in the garden

BY BARBARA STORZSalvias are one of the most reliable plants for South Texas gardens. Salvia flowers support butterflies and hummingbirds, no matter the color...

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: 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: 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...

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...

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,...

Cane toad — as toads go, it’s a giant

ANITA WESTERVELT | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The largest toad in the world calls the extreme south of Texas home. The cane toad (Rhinella marina), also...

Garden View: Guava trees easy to grow and healthy

BY BARBARA STORZGuava (Psidium guajava) is a small tree native to the tropical Americas. Once established, it is reasonably drought tolerant and, like many...