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In The Garden: Bring the Green Indoors

It’s too dang hot outside. I don’t blame you if you want nothing to do with your outdoor garden at the moment. So why not take a break from the heat and focus your green thumb on your indoor garden? Now is a great time to refresh the indoors with some easy-care houseplants. Here are […]

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In The Garden: Water Smart this Summer

It’s officially hot in Dallas. With temperatures heating up beyond 100 F, lawns and landscape plants are very suddenly feeling the stress. We went from an overabundance of rainfall and soil saturation to dry weather and extreme heat. You may have noticed that all of a sudden, your lawn has started to curl and wilt […]

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In The Garden: More on Rose Rosette Disease

Be sure to check out this month’s print issue of D Home for my article on rose rosette disease. If you have roses in your landscape, you’re going to need to get up to speed on this devastating disease. Here are a few photos I promised to offer up so you can better diagnose rose rosette in your own garden.

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In The Garden: Plant Your Fall Tomatoes

Ok, so the incredibly wet spring season wasn’t exactly friendly to our tomato plants. If you managed to escape without plants covered in early blight disease, count yourself very lucky! The constant rainfall and humidity has been a godsend for fungal diseases, such as early blight. If you’re tired of looking at your raggedy spring tomato plants then you’re in luck: It’s the perfect time to plant fall tomatoes. That’s the upside of our crazy climate here in Dallas – we get two tomato growing seasons. If you mess up with your spring crop, you get a second change.  planting a second crop mid-July will help you extend your harvest through November. Rip up those old plants, throw them in the compost bin and get planting.

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In The Garden: Grow Your own Pesto

The basil is coming on strong in the summer garden and it’s time to start harvesting. There are large-leafed sweet basils that grow large and bushy, small-leafed upright varieties such as ‘Sweet Aussie’ and even a tiny-leafed miniature variety called ‘Boxwood’. No matter your space or size of container, there is likely a Basil variety just right for you.

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Boast Your School Pride From The Home and Garden

I’ve collected <a href="http://www.dmagazine.com/home-design/slideshows/2015/june/college-pics" target="_blank">some of my favorite collegiate decór find</a>s fit for a Dallas home and garden that will make yourself and the thousands who drive past your abode everyday actually respect your undying school pride. Click through the slideshow to check them out. Rah, rah…go team.

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In The Garden: Fig Newton Trees

When we lived in Little Forest Hills, my husband and I had two-mile route we walked regularly through the neighborhood. Around the corner from our house was a lovely mature fig tree. One day, during one of our walks, he commented on the tree and asked what it was. “Well honey, that’s a fig tree” I replied. “You mean, like Fig Newtons??” he asked in all seriousness. “Yes dear, that’s a Fig Newton tree.” I laughed, he laughed, and to this day every fig tree he sees is a “Fig Newton tree”. This story reminds me that not everyone is that well acquainted with figs or how to grow them.

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In The Garden: More Rain to Come

I think most of us are still in shock from the amount of rain we received in Dallas this spring. We just had another record rainfall of more than 2-inches this week. If that weren’t enough, it looks like there are more thunderstorms this weekend’s weather forecast. While rain is usually more than welcome around these parts, the excess spring rain did create some real challenges this year. Rain yet to come will perpetuate them.

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