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Be Water Wise (and money wise) at the same time!

By Jackie Peel, Texas Master Gardener Probably the most-asked question I get in the nursery is “how much water does this plant need?” There’s no exact answer. Plants need water applied to the root zone when the moisture content of the soil is lower than the moisture content inside the plant. If you remember your high school biology class, water moves by means of osmosis from higher density to lower. This means if the soil is drier than the plant’s roots, the plant will lose water out to the soil and the plant will show signs of wilting. If you’ve…

The Wonderful World of Herbs

By Jackie Peel, Texas Master Gardener Herbs are defined as “plants used for cooking and/or medicinal purposes”. That includes a LOT of plants, so let’s narrow our focus to plants we add to our food and drinks for flavor enhancement. Herbs are also widely used in other ways: as scent in candles and fragrances, in teas, and in many body products. Herbs are usually thought of as being the green part of a plant, used either in fresh form or dried. In contrast, spices are usually the bark, seed pod, or seed of the plant. Growing fresh herbs at home…