Outdoors

Harvesting, Storing and Preserving Herbs from the Garden
Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs now for garden-fresh meals and preserve a few for the winter ahead. Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the...
Roses 101: Four Steps to Rose Success
If gardeners want maximum return on their bed of roses, four important requirements should be taken into consideration: (1) selection of the rose varieties, (2) location of...
Plant Health Care and Trees
“Plant health care, also called PHC, offers a total health approach to landscape and plant health,” says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP* and staff arborist with the Tree Care...
Elephant ears, like this Black Stem variety, can be grown in the garden or in containers. Grow Your Own Tropical Paradise in a Container or Garden
Add an exciting new look to the garden, poolside, patio or deck with elephant ears. These easy tropical plants have tall stems and giant leaves...

Preserving Cut Flowers
There’s nothing like fresh flowers around the house whether they come straight from the garden or from a florist. But when gardeners take the time to put together an...
Kids Ride Train Free on April 30
The Sunday Fun Day Train departs the Rusk Depot at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. For every adult ticket purchased, a child (age 2-12) can ride for free! (Children under 2...
Mission Tejas April, 12th Annual Folk Festival
Saturday, April 29, 12th Annual Folk Festival This is a chance to peek into the past to witness how early Texas settlers lived. Presenters in period costumes will...
Caddo Mounds SHS announces East Texas Birding 101
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to an early morning Bird Watching program from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29. Bird watching, aka “Birding,”...
So what’s vertical gardening all about? Twelve reasons to grow your...
Jack had it right when he planted the magic seeds that grew into a sky high beanstalk. Not only did he stumble upon the principles of vertical gardening; but Jack also...
Gardening is more effective exercise than going to the gym: burns...
In addition to enhancing life skills and boosting food security, there is another major benefit of gardening, researchers have found: fitness. Long-time gardeners have...
Fertilizing to Create more Blossoms on Flowers, Flowering Shrubs...
The secret to making flowering trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials bloom more is in the numbers. All fertilizers have analysis numbers on the package. These numbers...
Controlling Japanese Beetles without use of chemicals
Japanese beetles, which become active in late June and stick around through August, are a major pest of both agricultural and landscape plants, as anyone who grows roses or...
USDA Warns it only takes one person to spread harmful invasive pests
April is Awareness Month for Invasive Plant Pests Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to...
Grow an Abundant Tomato Harvest in a Pot
Harvest and enjoy the garden-fresh flavor of tomatoes right outside the kitchen. Grow them in containers set on the patio, balcony, deck or stairs. Gardeners will enjoy the...
Celebrate National Arbor Day with 10 Free Shade Trees by joining...
National Arbor Day is Friday, April 28, this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual tree-planting holiday. Join the...