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New Improved Shrub
The Texas Superstar Plant Program at Texas A & M University takes well-known plants and develops unique selections with new characteristics. In 2005 breeders improved upon a common landscape shrub...
New Corn Earworm Control
Corn earworm is a big problem for gardeners across the country. An old-fashioned yet effective organic control is to apply a several drops of mineral oil on the corn silks (where the adult moths...
Clay Controls Weeds
Over the past decade, kaolin clay was introduced as a disease and insect control for various crops (see "High Tech Dust Foils Pests" ). Now, new research from the USDA suggests that this clay...
It's midsummer and many gardeners are getting tired of mowing the lawn. There's no getting around mowing a manicured Bermuda grass or Kentucky bluegrass lawn, but if you have an orchard, vacation...
In the Garden
When something goes wrong with our tomato plants, we feel threatened; we're in danger of losing the very payoff we're gardening for! In my June 23 column, I dealt with general growth problems. In this column I'll tackle problems with blossoms and...
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Tool or Gardening Product
"Leaky Pipe" Soaker Hoses I've bought just about every kind of irrigation tool, and ultimately depend on my soaker hoses...
Clever Gardening Technique
Making a Rack to Dry Fruits and Veggies Dry cut fruit and vegetables outdoors with a "sandwich" rack and cheesecloth. Use two...
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- Pamper New Seeds and Transplants
- Feed Fruiting and Blooming Plants
- Pick, Pick, Pick
- Freeze Produce
- Tend Roses