Garden View: From cacao tree to chocolate bar

Chocolate is a product of the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. The seeds of the tree are encased in a pod that grows along the branches....

Garden View: Annual Fall Plant Sale on Oct. 12

We’ve been talking a lot about updating the landscape and planting trees as we move into fall. Well, now is the time to put...

Garden View: How to get your garden ready for the fall season

The beginning of fall is the best time for planting trees, shrubs and flowers in the Rio Grande Valley. September and early October are...

Garden View: Planting veggies, flowers and trees

The intermittent rain has been a welcome relief from those triple digit temperatures. The humidity is sky high, but hopefully the temperature will continue...

Ox beetles work to recycle decayed plant remnants

BY ANITA WESTERVELT TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST There’s one super big bug that always gives me pause. I erroneously labeled it as a rhinoceros beetle and was...

Garden View: Fall container gardens say ‘Welcome’

Cooler weather means fall holidays and events are on the horizon. Container gardens at the entry to your home are a great way to...

Garden View: Common pests found in the home landscape

Let’s talk a little about some of the most common pests that we see in our home landscapes. I’m going to limit our focus...

And it was all yellow: Yellow bells of Esperanza are popular nectar source

The air will soon be aflutter with masses of colorful butterflies searching for colorful flowers and rich nectar sources. One popular Valley shrub coming into...

Garden View: Chives: Easy to grow and healthy, too

Chives are a perennial member of the Onion family and are native to North America and Eurasia. Onion chives, which have tubular leaves similar...

Garden View: Upcoming local gardening programs, workshops

Even through the hottest days of summer, the Master Gardeners have been busy improving and maintaining their 1-acre Educational Garden located in San Juan....