Hope Farms Gardens Annual opening dates 2019

Mark Your Calendars and Save the Date for the…

Hope Farms Gardens Opening Weekend: Saturday & Sunday, April 27-28, 2019.

We will be open every Saturday & Sunda starting April 27 through May 25, 2019. Hours 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Groups on weekdays by appointment only. Listing of the plants will be posted as we get closer to opening day.  Cash or Checks only, please.

Y’all come!!!    

We are looking forward to your visit this year. Feel free to forward this invitation on to a local Gardening Friend!

HOPE FARMS GARDENS – 936-264-1499
18750 F.M. 1484 – Conroe, Texas 77303

Antibiotics set to flood Florida’s troubled orange orchards

Meyer’s Lemons gathered before a frost

In the next month or so, orange trees across Florida will erupt in white blossoms, signalling the start of another citrus season. But this year, something different will be blowing in the winds. Farmers are preparing to spray their trees with hundreds of thousands of kilograms of two common antibiotics to combat citrus greening, a bacterial disease that has been killing Florida citrus trees for more than a decade.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of allowing growers to use streptomycin and oxytetracycline as routine treatments, spraying trees several times per year, beginning with the ‘first flush’ of leaves this spring. Growers in the state could end up using as much as 440,000 kilograms of the drugs. Although the compounds, which are both used in human medicine, have been sprayed on other crops in the past and applied in limited amounts to citrus groves, the scale of this application has researchers and public-health advocates alarmed.

“They are doing a huge experiment with limited monitoring,” says Steven Roach, a senior analyst in Iowa City at Keep Antibiotics Working, a coalition of research and advocacy groups that has formally objected to the plan with the EPA.
( read more at Nature )

Citrus Greening Quarantine in Texas

Citrus Greening

Rock mulch

A few years ago I read that the cypress tree swamps were being clear cut for mulch. I haven’t purchased mulch since. In the areas under trees I let the leaves and pine needle accumulate. In the other areas I turned to rock.

A garden with out mulch in Houston is a doomed garden. With out mulch the summer sun will bake every thing to a crisp or a heave downpour will wash away your plants and soil.

Rock mulch builds up heat during the day, slowly releases it at night keeping the soil and plants at more moderate temperatures. It made a noticeable difference during the late frost we had in 2019.

It lets water run through to the soil under the plants and slows evaporation, prevents erosion and most important – it doesn’t need to be replaced every year.

Little did I know that the people on Easter Island used rocks to keep their gardens going as the environment deteriorated. The technical term is Lithic-Mulch, which translates to …. rock mulch.

There are many benefits to rock mulch, more so in dry areas. Previous cultures used it in New Mexico and Arizona. If you’ve live in Houston long you know we switch between decades of drought and decades of downpours. Rock mulch works for both.

Sometimes holes are dug, lined with rocks or small walls built around plants. This protects the plants from strong winds and provides a little shade. Another option is a layer of rocks is placed over the soil the same as is done with mulch.

A taller pile of rocks on the south side of a plant (Talus garlands) can protect young trees or shrubs. The pile of rocks provides shade, condenses water at night to add to soil, keeps weeds under control, keeps critters from digging and provides wind protection.

The Nature, History, and Distribution of Lithic Mulch Agriculture
Easter Islands Ancient Gardening Practices
Growing Fruit Trees in Drought Areas

Florescence: Time, April 16, 17, 2019

The Garden Club of Houston and River Oaks Garden Club presented the first Florescence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 1995. Since then, Florescence has been held biennially in the spring at the Museum. Florescence is a Major Flower Show, accredited by The Garden Club of America, a status it was accorded at its inception in 1995. Every Florescence incorporates several classes of Floral Design, Botanical Arts, Horticultural Specimens, Horticultural Design, Photography and Needle Arts. Talented designers, gardeners and artists from The Garden Club of America member clubs may enter or exhibit at this show, and it is open to the public to enjoy. There are also special exhibits by invitation and a conservation exhibit that relates to the show theme.

Florescence: Time is scheduled for April 16-17, 2019 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.