• By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others are collaborating to offer water testing opportunities for Galveston County private well owners affected by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Last Saturday, I took a stroll through the Discovery Garden located near the AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park. I experienced a moment of déjà vu as I approached a vegetable bed maintained by Master Gardener Aulvey Campbell. He has nurtured a bountiful crop of healthy mustard greens …

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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While the calendar indicated that the fall season arrived several weeks ago, gardeners had to wait a while for proof. I experienced two acceptable forms of proof last week: 1) I had to turn the heater on in my car last Wednesday when driving home, and 2) I had to turn the heating unit at hom…

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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At last, real fall weather conditions have arrived to start the week and cooler temperatures will grace our area for more than a day or two. Cooler mornings in October will make it a joy to get out and work in the home vegetable garden.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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If you missed the 2017 Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale last Saturday, you will have another opportunity. Master gardeners will conduct a sequel to the fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Discovery Garden in Carbide Park, 4102 Main St., in La Marque.

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  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Most gardeners have been anticipating the arrival of the first “genuine” cool front. With all due respect to the science of meteorology, my definition of a cool front in the fall is one that gets your attention by immediately uplifting your spirit when you first walk outside in the morning.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Periodically, I am asked how I decide what topic to write about in this weekly column. Well, sometimes it’s a straightforward process as in last week’s column about pruning and fertilizing plants in the landscape.

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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Hurricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced over 15,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Weeds in the landscape. Weeds in the vegetable garden. Just about every gardener has their own weed or army of weeds to disparage or groan about.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The dog days of August have arrived. Daytime temperatures have already danced around the century mark during the last week of July so there is no need to remind you that August is the peak of the heat season in Galveston County.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Have you ever had a landscape tree die, even though it was properly planted, fertilized and watered? If so, you would be in the company of many homeowners who were well-meaning in their actions but unknowingly played an adversarial role that would eventually result in the demise of a tree.

  • By WILLIAM JOHNSON
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At this intensely hot time of year, I like to remind people how important shade trees are in our landscapes. Even more, the hot summer months are the best time to determine where additional shade is needed.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The last days of June ended with an abundance of rainfall and surprisingly cooler temperatures.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Q: The trunk of my pecan tree has several horizontal layers of numerous holes with each layer spaced an inch or two apart with the holes in each layer being rather evenly spaced from each other. What caused the holes?

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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People commonly take their longest vacations in summer and they generally remember to make arrangements to have someone take care of everything from their pets to the newspaper.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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While gardeners love flowers for the beauty they provide to the home landscape, few gardeners grow flowers for eating. That’s a shame because many flowers, in addition to being edible, bring lively flavors, colors, and textures to salads, soups, casseroles, and other dishes.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The closing days of May provided some unusually cool weather conditions. June will soon arrive and signal the start of the summer season.

  • By WILLIAM M.JOHNSON Correspondent
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During midmorning last Saturday, I was sitting on a bench in the herb garden located within Fruits ‘n Such Orchard’s pick-your-own operation in Dickinson. Fruits ‘n Such Orchard was one of the sites featured on the Home Orchard and Garden Tour conducted last weekend.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The master gardener volunteers and Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office will co-sponsor a Fruit Orchard and Garden Tour on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is free of charge and open to the public.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON Correspondent
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Q: Clumps of some type of organism have suddenly appeared on the trunks of my crape myrtle and oak trees. The clumps look like bark except they move one area on the tree trunk to another area throughout the day. What might they be?

  • By GALVESTON ARTS CENTER
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The Galveston Arts Center will present its Life Drawing Studio from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through May 22, June 5 through 26, July 17 through Aug. 7, Aug. 28 through Sept. 25, and Oct. 16 through Nov. 6 at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON Correspondent
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Hurricane season will officially start in about 3 weeks (on June 1 to be precise) and meteorologists and emergency operation center managers have three words of advice: prepare, prepare, prepare.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The cool front that arrived over the past weekend was refreshing. As May will soon be arriving, we should be prepared for warming temperatures and longer, sunnier days — a change of seasons.

  • By DR. WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Over the years I have become an ardent admirer of bulbs of all types. Bulbs are easy to plant and care for, and suitable for beds or containers. It’s hard to believe that so much beauty can come from such humble origins.

  • By MARY MOODY NORTHEN ENDOWMENT
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A new behind-the-scenes guided tour at Moody Mansion offers small groups access to areas of the mansion not normally open to the public, along with insight into the life and legacy of the late Mary Moody Northen.

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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Editor’s note: Hurricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced almost 16,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.

  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Rosenberg Library honors Capt. Herbert Allaire Robertson of Galveston as its Treasure of the Month and will exhibit items related to this fallen Galvestonian during April. The library will also open a larger…

  • By DR. WILLIAM JOHNSON
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April is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoor garden. Many citrus trees are in full bloom and azaleas are nearing the end of their spring bloom season. Trees are putting out their new foliage that is such a delicate green.

  • By JIM STEVENSON Special to The Daily News
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Galveston Island State Park had a burning desire to improve the ecology of its wild areas, and the results are beautiful and healthy for many of our native animals.

  • By THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE
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Celebrating the 22nd year of showcasing the arts to area families, this year’s Grand Kids Festival, hosted by The Grand 1894 Opera House, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets in Galveston’s historic downtown Cultural Arts District. Admiss…

  • By Dr. William Johnson
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Although mulch is not particularly glamorous, it can be your best friend. It can be used in a variety of locations to help with weed control and to help save water.

  • By VICTOR SIERPINA
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Sometimes we Galvestonians create wonderful entertainment and learning experiences for folks from all over the world to enjoy — yet our own neighbors miss out. Let’s not let that happen for the unique Raptors Uncorked dinner and wildlife show April 8, right here in Galveston’s historic Topga…

  • By SARAH PIEL
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The Cultural Arts District in historic downtown Galveston will come alive on April 1 with music, children singing and dancing, live entertainment, stage productions, bands, puppets, storytelling inside a giant tepee, a bubble pond, a petting zoo, and over 50 booths showcasing hands-on arts a…

  • By KAREN MOONEY
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During my morning run a George Michael song came on and started to fill my ears. While I was listening to the song, I remembered that it was the same song Adele sang recently on the Grammy Awards show. Did you see what happened? After singing the first few minutes she realized she was off ke…

  • By FRANK J. BOWSER
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There’s an old saying about March, “In like a lamb; out like a lion and vice versa.” It all boils down to March weather being unpredictable at best with blustery winds most likely. That’s why the Friends of Galveston Island State Park set April 15, a month later this year, as “Beach and Bay;…