Rose Rosette Disease

May 1, 2012

Rose Rosette Disease is thought to be caused by a virus that came over to the United States in the 1800s with Asian wild roses.  Many of these roses were planted by settlers all over the United States and have become naturalized.  Rose Rosette Disease is now infecting cultivated roses throughout the United States, but […]

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2012 Blogathon Kick Off Day

May 1, 2012

I will be participating in the 2012 Wordcount Blogathon during the month of May.  That means that there will be a post every day for May, some of which may have more to do with blogging than my usual garden posts.  I appreciate your patience as we go through this month and look forward to […]

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Growing Italian Oregano

April 25, 2012

Oregano is an important spice in Italian cooking.  It can be used fresh or dried for year round use.  A hardy perennial, it has purple flowers the second season it is planted. Here is a snapshot of the information you need to grow Italian Oregano, which is a little sweeter and milder than Greek Oregano […]

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Growing Garlic Chives

April 21, 2012

Garlic chives are used like regular chives but have more of a garlic flavor instead of an onion flavor.  They are good in omelets and other egg dishes.  They also work in salads, as fresh vegetables, or any savory dish.  The flowers are edible, too, although they can have a pretty strong flavor.  Garlic chives […]

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Pretty perfumed oleanders are perfect for your patio

April 11, 2012

If you’re looking for a pretty perfumed shrub to fill a gap in a sunny spot in your garden, then look no further than oleander plants. These attractive evergreen plants provide plenty of interest to your garden all year round. Oleander bushes are great for filling gaps because you can enjoy their long, narrow leaves […]

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Spring Plant Sale at Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens

April 9, 2012

Did you lose a bunch of plants to the drought?  Want to install hardy, drought tolerant plants in their place?  The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens is having their annual spring plant sale on April 21st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Come early, as the best plants are sold out quickly. Not sure what plants […]

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Termites

April 6, 2012

What You Should Know About Termites $5 billion—that’s how much termites are estimated to cause in property damage each year in the United States. Is your home or business a victim of this wood-destroying insect? Get the facts on termites, and protect yourself from these demolishing pests.   Did you know there are three major […]

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Rascal Flatts Fly Away Contest

April 4, 2012

Rascal Flatts is one of my favorite country acts.  They are having a contest right now giving away two seats to one of their concerts.  Here is the information: About the Flyaway Contest One lucky winner and their guest will be treated to two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to see Rascal Flatts on their summer […]

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March Garden Update

April 2, 2012

My garden is all planted.  Some of the things I planted in late February (I got started three weeks late) are growing quite a bit.  Others are just beginning, such as the watermelon and canteloupe. I planted all heirloom varieties in my garden this year.  I planted: Rainbow Radishes Easter Egg II Gourmet Beets Golden […]

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Dallas Water Wise Landscaping Contest

March 29, 2012

If you live in the Dallas area, you can win some fantastic prizes for low water landscaping. Call for Entries for 18th Annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour Entry Deadline: April 13, 2012 The annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour, to be held Saturday, June 2, 2012, is open to all landscapes within Dallas city limits and the city […]

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Growing Vegetables in North Central Texas

March 26, 2012

Want to grow vegetables but not sure what type to plant or how to grow them?  Vegetable Gardening in North Central Texas, my new book, tells you exactly how to plant and grow the most common vegetables.  Further, it tells you which cultivar(s) of each vegetable grows best in North Central Texas.  Even if you […]

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Cherry Blossoms at the Dallas Arboretum

March 22, 2012

The Dallas Arboretum reports that their cherry blossom trees are in full bloom for this weekend.  One hundred years ago, Japan gave the United States the cherry trees that line the capital streets.  The Dallas Arboretum has cherry trees that are in bloom and is celebrating this anniversary by featuring them this weekend. If cherry […]

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Growing Tomatoes

March 14, 2012

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable to grow in the United States.  They are not difficult to grow from transplants, and can even be grown from seed with a little extra effort.  Buying transplants from your local nursery, or just about anywhere garden products are sold, is easy and gives you well started plants to […]

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Teaching entomology to children

March 7, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to give a talk to a group of children on entomology.  The talk was on good bugs and bad bugs and was aimed at teaching the kids that 1)most bugs are beneficial, 2)they won’t harm the children if the children don’t harm them, and 3)don’t squash the bugs — they […]

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Paypal Censors Authors — Make Them Stop Doing So

March 3, 2012

Today I received an email from Smashwords, who distributes one of my books, Preparing a Vegetable Garden from the Ground Up.  Paypal, who is the vendor who processes credit card payments for Smashwords, has given them an ultimatum:  remove all books containing any scenes of rape, bestiality, or incest from their shelves or lose their […]

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Books and Bugs

March 1, 2012

Connecting children with nature is important.  So is teaching them to love reading.  Do both by taking your child to the “Books and Bugs” event at Texas Discovery Gardens on March 8th.  Children will listen to the book “Waiting for Wings” by Lois Ehlert, play games, do crafts, and meet butterflies up close.  The event […]

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Making a Raised Bed Garden

February 27, 2012

Raised beds are nice because you put the soil in them you want and they drain well.  They are an alternative to the labor consuming process of digging out or poisoning out the grass to establish a new garden.  Raised beds do not have to be hard to do.  Three 1X12X8 boards will make a […]

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East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference is Tuesday in Tyler, TX

February 26, 2012

The East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference is Tuesday in Tyler, TX.  The morning sessions will cover general topics such as irrigation, water sources, and food safety.  In the afternoon people can choose from fruit, vegetables or wine grapes for more concentrated topics.  The fruit sessions will include blueberry production and niche fruits such as […]

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Named Best Hobby Blog 2012 by World Media Awards

February 25, 2012

Information Central was named “Best Hobby Blog” by the World Media Awards today.  I am thrilled at this honor and grateful for the recognition. The World Media Awards recognizes successful bloggers and publishers from across the globe. To see all of the 2012 winners, visit the World Media Awards website at http://themediaawards.com/winners. “I am thrilled […]

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Soil Revival For Survival Conference in McKinney, TX

February 22, 2012

On March 3rd, there is a conference on surviving the drought called Soil Revival for Survival in McKinney, TX. For more help gardening, buy my book, Preparing A Vegetable Garden From The Ground Up Available in print or ebook from Amazon.com or other retailers, this book walks you from choosing the site of your garden […]

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Compost for Beginners

February 20, 2012

Ever wonder what the difference between compost and manure is?  Or how, exactly, to make compost?  This video discusses these and other things in Compost 101.  I hope you find it useful. What questions do you have about composting? For more help gardening, buy my book, Preparing A Vegetable Garden From The Ground Up Available […]

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Foliage Follow-up

February 19, 2012

Foliage Follow-up is a celebration of plants with showy foliage that Pam at Digging has started.  Here are my entries: Purple ornamental kale from the Dallas Arboretum   For more help gardening, buy my book, Preparing A Vegetable Garden From The Ground Up Available in print or ebook from Amazon.com or other retailers, this book […]

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Help Texas Discovery Gardens Win $10,000 Grant

February 15, 2012

Texas Discovery Gardens is trying to win the Rain Bird’s 2012 “The Intelligent Use of Water Awards“.  This is a $10,000 grant to allow them to capture water left over after they water all of their plants each day so it can be reused instead of going down the drain.  Watch this video which explains […]

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Valentine’s Day Means Potatoes

February 13, 2012

What does Valentine’s Day have to do with potatoes?  February 14th is the day old timers in the North Central Texas  region plant their potatoes.  You can get detailed instructions for doing just that from my article on Growing Irish Potatoes.  Basically, you take seed potatoes, purchased from feed stores or on the internet, cut […]

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Integrated Pest Management Video

February 8, 2012

I have posted a new video on integrated pest management (IPM).  I hope you enjoy it. What questions do you have on IPM? For more help gardening, buy my book, Preparing A Vegetable Garden From The Ground Up Available in print or ebook from Amazon.com or other retailers, this book walks you from choosing the […]

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