Category Archives: Horticulture

East Texas Garden Lecture Series

Pruning Peach Trees

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Pruning Peach Trees Growing fruit trees for home use or in the commercial orchard are still popular ventures around East Texas. Peaches have been grown in Texas for more than one hundred years. Numerous factors come into play with a successful orchard. The performance of peach trees depends heavily on proper pruning annually. Peach tree pruning is a hard, labor-intensive cultural practice. If peaches are left unpruned, the result is weak trees, over production, increase diseases,… Read More →

Chill Hours

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County  Chill Hours for Fruit Trees Chill hours are important to many wanting to grow fruit trees around the state of Texas.  The dormant buds of many plants require a period of cold weather to grow, flower, and develop properly, but requirements vary widely by species. For dormant buds of fruit trees, this is commonly referred to as the chilling requirement. Chilling hours are calculated as a tool for fruit producers to gauge whether their crop has… Read More →

Take the EarthKind Challenge!

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Have you taken the Earth-Kind® Challenge?             Earth-Kind landscaping uses research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment. The objective of Earth-Kind landscaping is to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscaping principles to create a horticultural system based on real world effectiveness and environmental responsibility.  Individuals using Earth-Kind landscaping principles and practices can create beautiful, easy-care landscapes, while conserving and protecting natural resources and… Read More →

Watermelons…A Summertime Tradition

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Watermelons Melons grown in Texas consist of honeydew, muskmelons, and watermelons.  Melons are vining crops that require a lot of space to grow and mature.  For this reason, melons are not well suited for small gardens, especially watermelons.   Melons are a traditional summer treat in Texas. Did you know that Texas ranks 3rd in the United States in watermelon production?  Watermelons are one of the state’s largest annual horticultural crop with an estimated 42,000 acres planted… Read More →