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It's getting hotter and hotter outside, but that's no reason to feel stuck inside. You don't need to be an expert to garden, but it doesn't hurt to get some tips from one.

Gardening Restores Control To Lockdown Life

May 22, 2020

From Texas Standard:

The pandemic didn’t make Jennymarie Jemison take up gardening. But it did give her a new sense of purpose while tending to her plants.

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Coronavirus isolation got you down or feeling bored? Need a way for your kids to expel some energy? Tired of shortages at the store? Looking to save money on food, connect with nature or simply brighten up your quarantine space?

People still struggle to find food at grocery stores during this pandemic, but Jameson Altott is not as worried. He grows more than half the food for his family from his large garden at home, outside Pittsburgh.

"We are lucky to have preserved a lot of food and we still have canned fruits and vegetables and jams and berries in the freezer and meat in the freezer," Altott says.

Lisa Fotios from Pexels CCO:

Though it still feels like summer in Texas, believe it or not, it's time to plant your winter garden. What do you need to know to get started or keep your existing garden flourishing throughout the winter months? 

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It's time to start gearing up for spring planting season. What should you do to prepare? What grows best in the spring and what kind of care is required? 

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The end of August often shows signs of the tail end of summer and the high heat that's been keeping you indoors. 

Megan Zerez for KERA News

On Fronteras:

  • A San Antonio-based nonprofit steps up to assist asylum seekers and refugees going through the appeals process in immigration court (00:15).
  • Refugees making their new homes in Texas share their food culture through community gardens (16:38).

Kevin Melton for Catholic Charities

The end of summer's intense heat means it is time to start prepping for fall gardens. Squash, snap beans and cucumbers should already be in the ground, but there are still several food plants from Spinach to Swiss Chard that you can be getting ready to plant.

What should we be doing right now to prepare for these gardens?

Click here to see the fall planting guide from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.


Kevin Melton for Catholic Charities

The state climatologist, John Nielsen-Gammon, says we are close to the end of this historic drought. While rain and fog currently drench the area, how can urban farmers and small gardens take advantage of the sudden water abundance?  We talk with David Rodriguez from the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension to find out what challenges a wet spring might bring


  • David Rodriguez, Extension Horticulturalist for Bexar County's Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service