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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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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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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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In the Garden with Drew – Growing Fruit in Containers

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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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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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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Caring for Holiday Plants

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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