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What's In A Name

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

I was presenting a program the other day and a question came up asking if a plant was related to another plant since they had similar common names. It got me to thinking how important it is to understand the difference between common names and scientific names of plants. Common names are just that, common and they can vary from location to location. There have been times when I've recei...

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Garden Vocabulary: Water Grass

It started as any normal phone call. A homeowner had contacted the Extension office with a question on controlling a grassy weed in her lawn. A weed she knew was ubiquitous in the world of lawn care. However, when she said the name, "water grass", I was dumbfounded. The voice on the other end of the line seemed concerned on my lack of knowledge for this very common weed. Putting on my best voic...

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Trying New Things

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

The other week, a colleague of mine and I began a youth program called Junior Master Gardener – Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! It's a curriculum that was developed by Texas A&M to help youth learn about gardening, plants, healthy eating, and getting up and moving. One of the great things about the curriculum is it incorporates taste testing each week of a different vegetable. Some weeks it migh...

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