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Tree Grafting with Drew

Did you know you can take one variety of fruit tree and attach it, or “graft” it, to a whole different variety of tree? Tree Grafting is just one of the many horticultural adventures we embark on daily as part of our exciting Big Tex Urban Farms initiative. In this video our Big Tex Urban Farms Manager, Drew Demler, will ...

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Big Tex Urban Farm Update: April 2017

The 2017 growing season is off to a busy start at the Big Tex Urban Farms. In early March, we moved the farm from its winter home on the Midway back to its original location next to the State Fair administration building. Our farm grew from an initial 100 boxes to 170, and we plan to expand it into 500 ...

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Fruit Trees in January

Here is a short, and dare I say sweet, blog post from our Errol McKoy Greenhouse Manager: January is a great time to plant fruit trees. The trees are dormant, which is good for planting, and the garden centers usually have their best selection of the year. Here are a few links to articles that I wrote throughout the past couple ...

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Black Eye Pea Recipes for New Year Luck

Howdy Everyone! From our State Fair of Texas family to yours, we hope y’all had a wonderful holiday! With the New Year right around the corner, our Errol McCoy Greenhouse on the Midway Manager, Drew Demler, has put together a few tips on growing black-eyed peas as well as two of his favorite recipes. Enjoy! Not only are black-eyed peas ...

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Christmas Cacti, Holidays Gifts And More!

The holidays are upon us once again. It is time to get ready for those big meals, Christmas lights, eggnog by the fireside and pecan pie! Two years ago I wrote an article about two of my favorite holiday traditions, Christmas trees and poinsettias. Since I have covered that already, I want to talk about other holiday décor items that ...

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In the Garden with Drew Demler: Changing Out Your Garden to Make it Ready for the Summer Heat

Knowing what to plant is as critical to gardening success in Texas as knowing when to plant it. Part of that process is knowing how to properly change your crops with each season. Right now, we are headed into our seemingly eternal summer. It’s about time to replace a few things as they finish their growing season and replant with ...

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Visit Big Tex Urban Farms

Need an idea for a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon? We have you covered. Come spend some time checking out Big Tex® Urban Farms. Now that our crop has matured a bit, you will be gazing upon all sorts of produce. Plus, if you are lucky, one of our greenhouse guys might be around to answer some questions ...

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Big Tex® Urban Farms: Tomatoes and Canning Salsa

We hope you’ve been keeping tabs on our Big Tex® Urban Farms. There is a lot to share in regards to new vegetables, fruit varieties and plants sprouting up in our plots. Our focus recently though has been on our vine-ripened tomatoes. Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Well what we do know is that here in Texas, ...

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Introducing Big Tex Urban Farms

You may have noticed something growing on our State Fair of Texas social media channels. Introducing “Big Tex® Urban Farm”, a sea of 100 raised garden beds that will produce fresh, organic produce in the heart of Fair Park. In alignment with the State Fair’s mission of promoting agriculture, education and community involvement, Big Tex Urban Farm serves as an ...

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