Joette Reger's archive

Want a great garden next spring? Now is the time to start improving your soil if you want those super healthy colorful blooms next year. Just remember that when Jack threw the bean out of the window that grew the beanstalk, that the soil it grew in was probably super fertile.

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“Bee” careful to not miss the Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop given by the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Agency. The Workshop begins on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Extension Service’s cool air-conditioned auditorium in downtown Beaumont at 1225 Pearl St. (corner of Franklin and Pearl). Registration is 8:30-9 a.m. with program beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. The $25 fee not only includes the session but lunch as well. Pre-register until Sept. 8 because seating is limited.

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Even if you do not often eat them, I’ll bet you would like the way they add elegance to your garden spaces. The oh-so-interesting artichoke is simply a showstopper in full bloom. It will spread into a huge silvery green fountain-shaped vegetable. And you could try dipping those artichoke leaves into some butter and then eating that tender artichoke heart. The artichoke is a goldmine of rich, earthy, hearty flavor.

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The classic Black-Eyed Susan is known and loved by all gardeners. You may also know them by Coneflower or their common name, Rudbeckia. They look great in fields or pastures growing wild but are equally stunning in more “domesticated” settings. Picture them in your yard with their bright, yellow-gold petals and picture perfect dark brown, rounded centers.

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As the temperatures soar higher and higher, lots of us are looking for plants that are happy with less water. Water isn’t as inexpensive and plentiful as it once was. Have you ever considered xeriscaping part or all of your yard?

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