Archive for February, 2014

Creating A Grilling Garden

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

4x4-grillin-garden-zonesDoes the warmer weather make you want to break out the grill?  Grilling vegetables is a wonderful healthy option and adds flavor to your BBQ dishes.  Check out this great idea from Bonnie Plants on how to create a grilling garden.

Here are some suggestions for your Grilling Garden.  Plant vegetables you like and make sure to follow the planting options.  These plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! Following spacing on the plant labels, adding a few more plants than we have pictured if the spacing allows.

Area 1 – Eggplant And Summer Squash

  • 1 eggplant (any variety) with cage or stake
  • 1 summer squash (Crookneck, Straightneck, or Zucchini)

Area 2 – Cherry Tomato And Bell Pepper

  • 1 Cherry Tomato (such as Husky Cherry Red, Sun Sugar, or Sweet Cherry) with cage
  • 1 Bell pepper, any color, with cage or stake

Area 3 – Onions

  • 24-36 Onions (any variety)

Garden ideas: Chilies Rellenos Garden

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

chile-relleno-garden-illoThe days are getting warmer and we’re starting to think about our spring and summer gardens.  How about planting a garden you will use to make your favorite Mexican dishes? Check out this Chilies Rellenos Garden idea from Bonnie Plants.  Come see us for your garden plants and supplies.

Give your next batch of chiles rellenos — a classic Mexican dish starring roasted, stuffed poblanos often served in tomato sauce or salsa — a super-fresh flavor boost with ingredients picked from your very own garden. All you need is a little bit of space and you can grow all the poblanos, tomatoes, oregano, and onions you need for a summer’s worth of this delicious dish!

If you want to expand your garden, place two 4 x 4 beds symmetrically on either side of a 3- to 4-foot path, which should be just wide enough for you and your tools.

Planting The 4 X 4-Foot Bed

Take inspiration from these planting options, but feel free to mix things up a bit based on your tastes. These plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! Following the spacing guidelines found on the individual plant tags (you can add a few more plants than we have pictured if space allows), and know that you’ll need cages for the pepper and tomato plants.

Area 1 – Oregano and Onions

• 2 oregano plants
• 9 onions (any variety)

Area 2 – Poblano Peppers and Tomatoes

• 1 poblano pepper plant in cage
• 1 tomato plant (any variety) in cage

Garden Ideas: Herb Container Garden

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

herb-tower-overhead-webIt’s time to start dreaming of summer gardens and fresh herbs!  Check out this idea from Bonnie Plants for an edible herb container garden using garden pots.  Here is what you will need, of course feel free to plant your favorite herbs.

  • 3 garden pots (24-inch, 18-inch, & 14-inch)
  • Orange Mint
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Grapefruit Mint
  • Onion Chives
  • Thai Basil
  • Boxwood Basil
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Lavender

 

 

 

Managing Purple Martins

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Meet some landlords, looking out for their tenants, at a high-rise condo complex. Those tenants are The Martins, and they aren’t people–they’re purple.

Watch this great video from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

For more information about purple martins, visit:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publicati…
http://www.purplemartin.org

2014 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo!

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
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FtWorthStockShowLogoThe 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo kicks off January 17, 2014 and runs through February 8, 2014 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

One of the many missions of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is to promote continuing improvement in the breeding, raising and marketing of livestock and to encourage the pursuit of excellence generally throughout the livestock and agriculture industries. The connection with the livestock industry has been strong since the beginning when a group of cattlemen gathered on the banks of Marine Creek for the first Fort Worth Stock Show 118 years ago. The long-standing traditions of the Stock Show are maintained as we continually strive to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of the industry.

Click here to find the daily events schedule. 

Are you getting a project ready for the stock show? Come visit us!  We have show supplies, show feeds and supplements.  Let us help you raise a champion!

Stock Show Admission Information

Tickets for admission to the Stock Show grounds can be purchased upon arrival.

General admission tickets permit access to all livestock events, educational programs, commercial exhibits and carnival/midway.

Adults: $10
Children 6 – 16: $5
Children 5 & Under: free

Each Rodeo Ticket is good for your General Admission to the grounds on the day of the performance.

Rodeo Admission Information

The Rodeo Ticket Office is NOW open for business. To purchase tickets, please contact (817) 877-2420.

PRCA Rodeo Ticket Pricing:

Monday – Friday Matinee Performances – $19

Friday Evening – Sunday Evening Performances – $25

Specialty Rodeo Ticket Pricing:

Best of the West Invitational Ranch Rodeo – $25

Best of Mexico Celebración – $19

Cowboys of Color Rodeo – $19

Bulls’ Night Out PRCA Extreme Bull Riding – $25

Fort Worth Super Shootout® – $25

 

2014 Great Backyard Bird Count

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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nuthatchThe Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event, Feb. 14-17, 2014, that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

Everyone is welcome–from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.

Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website.

Participants may also send in photographs of the birds they see for the GBBC photo contest. A selection of images is posted in the online photo gallery.

Why count birds?

Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document and understand the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time.

Scientists use the GBBC information, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientists investigate far-reaching questions, like these:

• How will the weather influence bird populations?

• Where are winter finches and other “irruptive” species that appear in large numbers during some years but not others?

• How will the timing of birds’ migrations compare with past years?

• How are bird diseases, such as West Nile virus, affecting birds in different regions?

• What kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus suburban, rural, and natural areas?

The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada and sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited.

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