Better Gardening through Science

Gardening Outside the Lines

Photo of soil tilled into rows. Photo: Public Domain

When we think of vegetable gardens, most of us think of straight, tilled rows stretching across the garden. But there are a lot of variations that have worked well for […]

Keyhole Gardening

Diagram of keyhole garden. Photo: Public Domain.

Keyhole Gardening A discussion of the history of  keyhole gardens, what one is, how it is made, and what its benefits are. Examples of  keyhole gardens are shown.  

Plants for Pollinators

Native bee.

Plants for Pollinators After a brief overview of the types of pollinators and what they need to thrive, characteristics of plants that appeal to a wide variety of pollinators will […]

Getting the Garden Ready for Winter

Women cleaning in a garden. Benoit Rochon,  CC BY 2.0

Getting the Garden Ready for Winter An overview of tasks that should be done to prepare your garden for winter, and some that will help get the garden ready for […]

Beneficial Insects

Robber fly with prey.

Beneficial Insects Definition of beneficial insects, why they are important, and how to attract them. Includes an overview of biological controls.

Confessions of an Agaveholic

Group of agave in a bed.

Confessions of an Agaveholic Learn about the different varieties of agave and how to care for them from a self-confessed agave fanatic. 

Texas’ Native Bees

Leafcutter bee.

Texas’ Native Bees Honeybees get most of the press, but our native bees are also threatened. They are also more efficient pollinators of native plants than honeybees. Learn about our […]

Gardening for Butterflies

Butterflies on yellow flowers.

Gardening for Butterflies Find out what you need to do to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your landscape or garden. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and what […]

Gardening with Kids

Kids digging in the garden.

Gardening with Kids Find out why gardening with kids is important and why you should be doing it. Learn what you need to know to garden with kids and how […]

Bugs: Friends or Foes?

Title graphic for Bugs: Friends or Foes? Produced by KCMGA.

Bugs: Friends or Foes? A discussion of beneficial insects and pest insects, with several examples of each, including lacewings, dragonflies, fall army worms, Mexican bean beetles and others. Two new […]

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