Category Archives: Horticulture

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 →

Blackberries

Natchez blackberries are very large, averaging a third of an ounce each. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Larry Stein)   Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County  Blackberries Blackberries are an excellent fruit plant for the home landscape.  The blackberry grows in small areas, bears nice fruit, and even provides some opportunity to market the fruit commercially or in a pick-your-own operation. Blackberries are a biennial plant.  Blackberries have two types of canes:  primocanes and floricanes.  Primocanes are current season canes… Read More →

Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Proper Pruning and Training Important for Newly Planted Fruit Trees Many people during winter months look to plant fruit trees in their landscape or small home orchard.  Fruit trees are best planted in mid-winter to allow time for root development prior to spring growth.  Planting time for most fruit trees is January or February, during winter while the fruit trees are dormant. Before a fruit tree is planted, there must be adequate space.  Most fruit trees… Read More →