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Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. Are rose thorns poisonous? A friend of mine started a new rose garden and the first thing that happened was that she had a reaction to the thorn punctures on her thumb. A. Rose thorns can be sharp and everyone who grows roses receives wounds. Sometimes those wounds become infected, but I have never heard of the infection being […]



The Pleasanton Express has loved seeing newbie and experienced gardeners’ photos during the last few weeks. We want to see more! We are starting a contest, “How does your garden grow?” We want to see photos of your freshly grown tomatoes, crispy cucumbers and ears of sweet corn from your home gardens. Send us your photos of your vegetable or […]


We are still wanting to organize a communitywide yard sale as soon as people feel safe attending. I will announce it as soon as we have set a definite date. I think we are all ready to get out and enjoy a little bit of yard sale-ing and visiting one another again. As a reminder, even if you don’t live […]

Littered with Progress

On the Edge of Common Sense

The other day on the internet, I saw an old commercial of a semi truck that had these words painted on the side: JONNY KAT, KITTY LITTER. For some reason that had a profound affect on me. Imagine a semi full of kitty litter! Forty thousand pounds of scented, colored and packaged cat box contents! That has to say something […]

Irrigation tips for lawns during summer

Even as summer temperatures rise, watering too frequently can be a home dweller’s biggest mistake when trying to cultivate the perfect lawn or landscape, Texas A&M AgriLife experts agree. “In most cases you shouldn’t need to water more than once a week,” said Guy Fipps, Ph.D., professor and state irrigation specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College […]

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