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Spring Lawn Care in Texas


With temperatures on the rise, and the days slowly but surely getting longer, it is clear that spring is coming up quickly! We all know spring is an active time in the garden, but it is also an important time to give attention to our lawns. There are several tasks to perform this time of year to help our lawns ...

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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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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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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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Growing Tomatoes in Texas


Howdy, Folks! Who doesn’t love good home-grown tomatoes? Whether you use them to make salsa, tomato sauce, or just slice them up for a burger, home grown tomatoes are a real treat and are definitely the undisputed queen of the veggie garden. It may seem early, but the time to start thinking about growing tomatoes is now. One of the ...

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North Texas Lawn & Garden: End of Summer


The State Fair of Texas’ Greenhouse Manager Drew Demler offers tips for your end-of-summer garden. Visit Drew at the Errol McKoy Greenhouse-on-the-Midway when on your trip to the State Fair, September 25 – October 18. The mercury steadily rises and the sun scorches everything in its path — our abundant spring rainfall is now a distant memory. End of summer ...

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Getting flower beds in shape for spring


What a winter it has been. Lots of snow, the occasional ice storm, warm ups, sleet – we had it all this time. What has made it especially bad on our plants was the unseasonably warm weather in February followed by all that snow in March. The poor plants don’t know what to do. All of that late cold weather ...

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Starting Your Own Backyard Orchard – Part 2


Hello, faithful readers. If you didn’t read my article last week, please do so when you get a chance. In it, I go over some basic information about growing fruit trees and define a few terms that will be helpful. In today’s article, I am going a bit deeper to give you some of my favorite trees that grow well ...

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Starting your own backyard orchard


With the “grow-your-own-food” movement continuing to gain popularity, I decided it was time to pass along some tips on starting your own backyard orchard! Be warned before you get started, this is not always easy. Growing fruit trees can be tough. The trees need care, bugs are always waiting to attack, birds want their share of the fruit and oh ...

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