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...

Prevention is best when controlling bur clover

ASHLEY GREGORY | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR This mild weather has been perfect for getting out and doing some yard work; if you’ve been doing...

Spectacular tropical Lluvia De Oro shines in landscapes

BY ANITA WESTERVELTAs June makes way for July, one of the world’s showiest trees speckles the South Texas landscape with bracts of cascading canary-yellow...

Garden View: Rapping at the Growing Growers Farmer’s Market

BY BARBARA STORZThe Growing Growers Farmer’s Market today is hosting two book authors who are going to perform their children’s books through rapping, rather...

Garden View: Manage weeds early for a better gardening experience

Starting a new garden bed? Before buying plants, before tilling the soil, begin with weed management. Weeds can be any unwanted plant, including Bermuda...

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: Improving your health with fresh vegetables

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Research has shown that many of our health issues are related to our diet. Doctors and health professionals...

Garden View: Start planning your fall vegetable garden

We are halfway through summer and the hotter the days get the less I want to work in my yard. While you may not...

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...

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...