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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says leeks, onions and garlic are excellent plants to grow during the winter months -- starting now -- in Northeast Texas.  Garlic has the advantage of keeping away animals who don't like the smell.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says fall is an excellent time to plant greens, the leafy tops of vegetables that many people enjoy as much or more than the main part of the plant.  Byron says in particular now is the time to plant mustard greens, which are a warmer season crop.  He categorizes beets, broccoli, cabbage and collards as winter greens, which do better in

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says now is the time to start planting for fall gardens.  He says in many ways, fall gardening is better than gardening in the spring, because the cooler weather later in the fall is beneficial to the plants.  Some of the best fall vegetables to plant include collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and even tomatoes.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says it's already time to start planting fall tomatoes.  He says there are not many nurseries now that have tomato plants in stock, so he suggests propagating fall tomato plants by clipping stems from the top of the most productive summer tomato plants and replanting them in Styrofoam cups or small pots. 

 

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says the best varieties of tomatoes for Northeast Texas are Celebrities and Romas.  He says pests can be managed by spraying plants with water mixed with Dawn dish washing detergent, a couple of tablespoons per gallon.  Or you can plant basil and garlic near your tomato plants to keep away insects.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood of Greenville says it's time to plant potatoes.  Byron recommends planting red, or "new," potatoes, because other varieties are readily available and at a low cost in supermarkets.  He says red potatoes grow well here in the spring.  Byron says for other more delicate spring crops it's best to wait until after the average last frost around March 20 to plant.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says fall gardeners can exchange plant bulbs and perennials at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Hunt County Extension Outdoor Learning Center at 2213 Washington Street in downtown Greenville (south of Market Square).  At 6 p.m., Thursday, October 15, a program on wildflowers and herbs will be held at the Outdoor Learning Center.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says once the worst of the summer heat is over, it'll be time to plant lettuce, greens, beets, radishes, carrots, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and other cool season crops in Northeast Texas.  Stephanie says it's good to mix 2-3 inches of compost into the ground and fertilize.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith discusses some of the late-summer flowering plants that handle the heat and dry weather well, including Gold Star Esperanza and Pentas.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says it's time to plant fall tomatoes.  Small-to-medium size tomatoes are recommended.  It's also time to plant red and green peppers and pumpkins.  The Master Gardeners are presenting a program on rainwater harvesting at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 16 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center on Highway 69 South in Greenville.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith covers the basics of container gardening, which she says is a fun and convenient option in our area.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith discusses a recent article by Texas gardening expert Neil Sperry on the "goofy" things that gardeners do, including pruning too much, using "native" plants that really aren't native, and insisting on trying to grow grass in the heavy shade.  Stephanie also describes a birdhouse building event for children this Saturday (June 13) at the Master Gardeners' center

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says gardeners should be aware of some diseases threatening roses and crepe myrtles in North and Northeast Texas.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith tells us that the Master Gardeners will accept entries in the annual horticulture contest at the Hunt County Fair from 4-6 p.m.

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