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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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In the Garden with Drew – Growing Fruit in Containers

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I have said many times that there are few gardening pleasures that can match the experience of eating home-grown fruit. Getting to eat fruit at the peak of ripeness is a true treat indeed. Fruit grown at home is so much sweeter and more flavorful than anything you can get at the grocery store. It is also super rewarding for ...

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Getting flower beds in shape for spring

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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

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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

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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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Caring for Holiday Plants

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The holidays are here again! Time to get out those dusty boxes of ornaments and untangle those lights. Hopefully you can still fit into your favorite reindeer sweater to wear to the office party. It’s also time to start decorating the house, so in this post I’ve included some ideas and tips about two holiday favorites – Christmas trees and ...

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