Melon growers think inside the box

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If you meet Ed Hitson on the streets of Portales, don’t buy square watermelon seeds from him. They don’t exist any more than magical bean seeds do. Hitson and his neighbor Tom Hebert can show you a square watermelon, however. Actually it’s rectangular to be exact — and they […]

People must stand strong

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Several years ago I planted holly hock flower seeds. They never came up and I thought “so much for holly hocks. The abundance of rain this spring and summer has brought a vigorous growth to our yard. Imagine my surprise when I discovered holly hocks growing profusely. Not only that, they […]

Making the grade

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Twenty years ago, the cotton that sprouted in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico could be used to make a limited number of items because the quality was poor. But farmers these days are celebrating a higher quality product, according to many in the industry. Regionally grown cotton, once used […]

Life has a great harvest

By Joan Clayton I love to see pumpkins in the fields this time of year.  Their beauty, especially with a slight frost, decorates God’s exquisite landscape.  The golden fields of waving grain brings the chorus of  “America, the Beautiful” to my mind and I want to sing it. The crisp fall air with the flavor […]

Johnny Appleseed lives on due to history

By Jim Lee Sometimes Don Criss dresses up like he’s George Washington. This does not necessarily mean Don is nuts, although that could amount to a matter of opinion. As Polonius would say, there is a method to his madness. Criss portrays people from American history for children. What better way to bring history to […]

Spring into action with good seeds

Joan Clayton I think I’m the only woman who can grow weeds year-round. They seem to thrive in snow and freezing temperatures. However, they don’t bother me until spring arrives. I have all kinds. Some weeds have pretty flowers. I have even tried transplanting the prettier ones, but they won’t grow where I want them. […]