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          Identification of tart fruit that looks like a pumpkin
          December 10, 2016
          As a child, in Miami, Florida, in the 1950's, another child challenged me to eat a "fruit" that looked like a pumpkin. It was just a little bigger than those candy pumpkins we see now at Halloween, a...
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          Propagating a white cultivar of Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora
          September 09, 2016
          I am trying to propagate a white cultivar of the Texas Mountain Laurel. I plan to use bee sticks and pollinate the plant. Are the plants self fruiting or do I need to find another white mountain laure...
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          Sequence of Seeding Wildflowers and Grasses in Texas
          July 24, 2016
          In the How To article on meadow gardening, it recommends that a good chunk of your garden (50%-80%) should be native grasses. The kind mentioned in that article are typically warm season grasses. In...
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          Young Mexican White Oak Losing Leaves in Texas
          July 13, 2016
          I have a 5 yr old Mexican white oak, 20 ft tall losing its leaves mostly at the top. They turn brown & fall off. It does not lose its leaves in the winter, right?. About 3 ft from the top down is bare...
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