Home & Garden

How to Improve Your Success Growing Vegetables in Our Area

By Barbara Brown, Denton County Master Gardener Association | Home & Garden

Excitement builds as the time to plant vegetable crops approaches. You dream of enjoying fresh tomatoes, peppers, and squash, impressing your family and friends with homemade salsa and achieving your goal to eat healthier. Forget past failures and frustrations. Don’t give up the dream. You can improve your gardening success by following three rules: 1. Prepare soil to nourish your plants 2. Select the right time to plant 3. Choose varieties proven to grow well in North Texas Old farmer’s wisdom tells us that while good gardeners grow plants, great…Read More

It’s Time to Tip Toe Through the Tulips

By 380news | Home & Garden

PILOT POINT, TX – If you live in the 380 Corridor, you probably visited Texas-Tulips last year. If not, while driving down F.M. 2931, you may have noticed rows and rows of beautiful tulips on the east side of the road. This year turn in and take a stroll through the colorful fields. The Koeman family moved to Pilot Point from a small town outside of Amsterdam. They are excited to share with the 380 Corridor and surrounding communities their love and knowledge of beautiful tulips. What could be better…Read More

The 2018 Denton County Master Gardener Association

By Kathryn Wells | Home & Garden

Denton County Master Gardener Association’s annual plant sale will held April 28th, 2018 from 900 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (or sell-out) at Trinity United Methodist Church, 633 Hobson Lane, Denton. This year’s sale features Texas Superstars®, Texas natives, tough-as-nails perennials, no-fuss roses, and hard-tofind plants. We usually sell out quickly, so come early … and bring a wagon or a cart to hold your treasures! For more information, visit our website at dcmga.com, follow us on facebook, or call 940-349-2892.Read More

Lizzy Gator Custom Creations

By Jodie Linton-Prickett | Home & Garden

Elizabeth Jones and Chris Duncan embrace a special kind of magic. They can visualize something beautiful and interesting and make it so. Sad, tired and twisted items that most of us would discard become things of whimsy, magic and curiosity by the time these two refabricate them. The first time I visited their studio, Elizabeth, affectionately known as LizzyGator, walked me around. She shared with me her vision of creating a larger studio with a storefront looking like a Steampunk inspired old-west town. I nodded and smiled. While I completely believed everything she told me would happen. I just didn’t grasp the magnitude. Less than a year later, I am walking through her studio area again in awe. Before my…Read More

Dave Says

By 380news | Home & Garden

Dear Dave, I’ve been following your plan, and I’m ready to start investing. Do employer contributions count toward the 15 percent you recommend putting into retirement? Brenda Dear Brenda, Investing 15 percent of your income in retirement accounts is Baby Step 4 of my plan. That means you’ve already paid off all your debt, except for your home, and you’ve increased your $1,000 beginner’s emergency fund to a fully-funded emergency fund of three to six months of expenses. Way to go! I want you to control your destiny, so employer contributions do not count toward the 15 percent I recommend setting aside for retirement. The first thing you should put money into is a matching retirement account. If you’ve got…Read More

McKinney fire sprinklers save the day – Again!

By 380news | Home & Garden

McKinney fire sprinklers save the day – Again! A kitchen fire is shut down before major damage or injury occurred McKINNEY, Texas (Feb. 7, 2018) – Units from the McKinney Fire Department (MFD) and its’ investigators were called to an apartment building at 6150 Alma Rd. on Tuesday for a water flow alarm. A kitchen fire had broken out in a second floor unit. Fortunately, the fire had already been extinguished by the apartment’s Fire Sprinkler System. The cause of the fire was determined to be a stove burner that the occupant had left on, which caused a plastic bowl to ignite. “Never leave cooking food unattended and double check that stoves and ovens have been turned off,” said McKinney Fire…Read More

In the Kitchen with MOM

By “Mom” Krys Murray | Home & Garden

Easter Brunch Springtime is here in Texas! And that means a visit from our favorite bunny! A Holiday smack dab in the middle of spring is always a busy time, and we all want as much easy in the kitchen that we can get! With all the sugar treats from the Easter Bunny, feeding the family a good healthy breakfast is a must do! Easter Sunday Brunch is one of the best meals of the year! Let’s talk about egg casseroles! Easy, delicious, healthy and oh so easy, make ahead and relax dish! Here is a basic recipe for you: 9 X 13 Pan serves 12 350* for 50-60 minutes, or slow cook overnight in 6 qtr. slow cooker, 6-7…Read More

‘Tis the Season to Plant Fruit and Nut Trees in North Central Texas

By Kathryn Wells, Communications Director | Home & Garden

January through March is an optimal time to plant new trees and to transplant established ones. Since the trees are in their winter dormancy, the process is less stressful for them, and they can adapt more readily to their new home. While many varieties of fruit and nut trees can be grown in our ecoregion, some of the more successful large-fruit crops include figs, peaches, plums, and pomegranates. Blackberries and grapes are some of the easiest small-fruit crops to grow here. For nut crops, you can’t go wrong with a pecan—our Texas state tree. Mature pecans are quite large; the height can range from 60 to 100 feet or more, so plan their new home accordingly. A plentiful selection of…Read More

Versatile Coatings, L.L.C.

By 380news | Home & Garden

Making Ugly Floors Beautiful “A customer of mine had taken out their carpet in the living room and they wanted to stain the concrete. However, after meeting with them it became apparent that the concrete was not in very good shape. There was patched areas where they had broken through the concrete to place piers under the foundation, which caused a lot of cracks to appear in the concrete when then leveled the house. The concrete looked like a jig saw puzzle. So instead of staining the concrete I gave them an even better solution, Metallic Epoxy, which gave me the ability to repair all of the cracks, divots, holes, etc. in the concrete and then cover it all up,“…Read More

Four Myths That May Leave Your Family Unprotected

By 380news | Home & Garden

When you’re just starting out, it often seems that a dollar never stretches far enough. And with new commitments, such as buying your first home or having children, comes the responsibility to make sure your loved ones will be provided for financially, no matter what life may bring. If you were to die unexpectedly, life insurance is there to make sure your loved ones can maintain their standard of living, stay in your home, send your kids to the same schools and keep their plans for the future on track.…Read More

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