Somervell County Master Gardeners

Somervell County Master Gardeners Somervell County Master Gardeners are volunteers who work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to improve gardening skills throughout the community.
President - Julie Conner VPres - Linda Heideman Secretary - Merilyn Cranford Treasurer - Donna Hagar Historian - Mary Ann Steele

Program objectives are implemented through the training of local volunteers known as Master Gardeners. We collaborate with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to conduct youth and community education; establish and maintain demonstration gardens; and provide a speakers bureau.

Mission: Monthly business meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 at the Somervell County Extension Office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose, 76043

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -
06/29/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

Zinnias fill your summer garden with bright colors of yellow, pink, red, white and orange. These easy to grow annuals are a favorite of many gardeners because of their prolific blooms which make excellent additions to summer bouquets.

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -
05/25/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust

One of our local projects!
05/16/2019

One of our local projects!

The new sign for our preservation district located in our small park next to City Hall looks fantastic!

Somervell County Master Gardeners
05/14/2019

Somervell County Master Gardeners

Texas A&M Forest Service
04/27/2019

Texas A&M Forest Service

Just like you, trees need to breathe! Don’t suffocate your tree with a mulch volcano. Improper mulching keeps water trapped against the trunk and creates an environment ripe for fungi and bacteria, which can cause your tree to die. Learn more about proper mulch techniques at http://bit.ly/2IeWG2y 🌲🍃 #TreeCare

04/27/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

The Master Gardener plant sale on March 30th was definitely a success! We want to thank everyone in the community who braved the cold and windy weather that day to shop or browse. The sale will definitely be an annual event. It was great to visit and share the love of gardening with neighbors.

Interesting read!
04/23/2019

Interesting read!

EPSOM SALT AS HERBICIDE - JUST SAY NO!
One of the principles of Integrated Pest Management IPM) is utilizing the least toxic chemical control for a pest that is still effective. Using something that doesn’t solve your problem doesn’t make sense!

There is a lot of bad information on social media that materials like Epsom salt, vinegar, bleach or dishwashing liquid are great herbicides/pesticides. So let’s start with Epsom salt!

We aren't sure how this myth about Epsom salt as herbicide got started. It contains magnesium sulfate. Both magnesium and sulfur are essential plant nutrients. According to the University of MN Extension, (http://bit.ly/2PoUiXH), "Theoretically, you could apply so much Epsom salts that the amount of magnesium would interfere with the weed’s uptake of other essential nutrients such as calcium or potassium. This is not wise on several levels— first, because of how long magnesium can persist in the soil and second, the cost of doing so. In other words, keep the Epsom salts in the bathtub!"

ND State Univ suggests (http://bit.ly/2IztmnL), "For those avoiding use of chemicals to kill weeds - vinegar and salt are chemicals! Vinegar contains acetic acid, a chemical that has been investigated by USDA and academia with herbicidal properties. It has been used as an organic herbicide. Salt (sodium chloride) is a chemical that predates 2,4-D for use as a herbicide, and soap (detergent) is another name for “surfactants” that is applied with herbicides to stick spray droplets (retention) on leaf surfaces, reduce droplet surface tension (spread the droplet), and aid forming a herbicide deposit (close interface of the chemical active ingredients with the leaf surface). Most commercial herbicides formulated as a liquid also contain detergents/soaps (emulsifiers) for this purpose."

~WL

Prairie Rose NPSOT
04/18/2019
Prairie Rose NPSOT

Prairie Rose NPSOT

NATIVE PLANTS FOR SHADE PRESENTATION It’s that time of year! Come join us for our spring native plant sale on the courthouse square in Glen Rose. We’ll be set up by our Native Garden. The sale is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m this Saturday, April 20. We’ll have great plants and great prices. Donna Hagar will give a short presentation on “Native Plants for Shade”. [ 32 more words ]
https://npsot.org/wp/prairierose/news/1076

Texas Master Gardener Association
04/13/2019
Texas Master Gardener Association

Texas Master Gardener Association

National Volunteer Week - April 7-13, 2019, honoring you! Check out these numbers; y'all are awesome!

Pretty much sums it up!
04/10/2019

Pretty much sums it up!

Anyone else relate to this post?🙋‍♀️

Johnson County Master Gardeners - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
04/04/2019

Johnson County Master Gardeners - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

A friendly reminder

03/30/2019

Thank you to all who came out and supported the Somervell County Master Gardeners at our 2nd Annual Plant Sale! Once again, we were "blown away" at the turnout on this cold blustery day! We had twice the inventory as last year and still sold out in under 3 hours! We are learning what you want and will make adjustments for our Plant Sale next year!
If you came out and we didn’t have what you wanted or we were already gone, please let us know so we can add to our notes and better meet the needs of our community!! Thank you!!!

It’s almost time! Got the plants today and we have a great selection and terrific prices!
03/27/2019

It’s almost time! Got the plants today and we have a great selection and terrific prices!

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -
03/23/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

The Somervell County Master Gardeners will hold a Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 30th starting at 9am. The location will be the same as last year, the parking lot of First United Methodist Church Family Center on Barnard Street. There will be a varied assortment of perennials, annuals, hanging...

This is beautiful!
03/21/2019
Extension Master Gardener

This is beautiful!

MEGABLOOM IN TEXAS

This page has recently linked to the "superbloom" of wildflowers happening now in southern California. Texas is experiencing a similar event, and for primarily the same reasons … greater than normal winter rainfall.

>>Keeping true to earlier predictions, Texas' famous wildflowers are already in bloom and they're fantastic.

Big Bend National Park is experiencing its largest bluebonnet bloom in decades, according to local news site Texas Hill Country.

So true!
03/19/2019

So true!

SHOULD I PLANT A GARDEN?

Hmmm...It looks like all options lead to "Get outside and start planting!"

For those in colder areas of the country, please add WHEN IT IS WARMER. We can all still plan and dream, whether it is too cold, raining, or even too hot for some!

via Garden Rant

~nk

This is the proper way of caring for crapemyrtles. Never "top" them! Plant the appropriate variety/mature size for the s...
02/24/2019

This is the proper way of caring for crapemyrtles. Never "top" them! Plant the appropriate variety/mature size for the space so you will never be tempted!

The only pruning crapemyrtles require is removal of dead wood, crossing branches, branches hitting you in the head while you mow, branches growing into your house, eves, or window, and suckers from the base. Removing seed pods isn't necessary and doesn't affect this year's bloom at all. Here's a picture of my own. Because I take care of these things throughout the year, my thirteen don't require any pruning right now. Every cultivar has a different size and shape and should be allowed to express it. We don't top Bradford pears, crab apples, desert willows, dogwoods, eve's necklace, fringe trees, Japanese maples, possum haw hollies, redbuds, saucer magnolias, vitex, etc. and shouldn't top crapemyrtles either. If any small tree is known for it's beautiful natural branching structure, it's a crapemyrtle. Once the branching structure is ruined, it's best to cut them to the ground and start over. They will recover quickly. Just google proper crapemyrtle pruning from any Southern university extension program, botanical garden, or horticulturist. I've loved crapemyrtles since I caressed their smooth branches and helped peel their exfoliating bark as a kid. I'm also a science-based teacher and horticulturist and have been growing, demonstrating, lecturing, and writing about crapemyrtles my entire career. If you think I'm going to get used to horrificaly incorrect pruning, think again.

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -
02/23/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

Please do not forget to register by Monday, March 4th for the Texas Master Gardener classes beginning April 2nd. For complete information, please see flyer link below:

Oak Wilt has caused a lot of sad losses to beautiful Live Oaks in this area.
02/22/2019

Oak Wilt has caused a lot of sad losses to beautiful Live Oaks in this area.

From February through June, oak trees should not be pruned or wounded to prevent the spread of oak wilt disease. Texas A&M Forest Service reminds Texans that it is especially critical to avoid pruning oaks in Texas counties affected by oak wilt. Visit http://bit.ly/2U4ioII to learn more.

02/16/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

Calling all Gardeners! Join us for the Somervell Master Gardener Open House/Meet and Greet on Wednesday, February 20th at 10am at the Somervell County Extension Office, 1405 Texas Ave., Glen Rose, directly behind the Expo Center.

Any orchid lovers out there?
02/08/2019
NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Any orchid lovers out there?

https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/everything-about-orchids-online-open-class
Longwood Gardens, one of the premier botanical gardens in the world, is offering a free, online class, “Everything About Orchids.”

Whether you are new to orchids or a seasoned grower, this class will offer valuable insights from the experts at Longwood Gardens.
The course is self paced and will be available until May 6, 2019.

So easy, so delicious! Fresh from the garden yum!
02/07/2019
How To Grow Asparagus: The Delicious Vegetable That Grows Back Every Year

So easy, so delicious! Fresh from the garden yum!

Growing asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) requires patience but boy, is the payoff worth it. Although it takes up to three years to really get going, this perennial plant will produce a bountiful harvest year after year for up to 30 years.

Quick and easy tips to get ready for spring trimming!
02/04/2019
How to clean and sharpen old pruners

Quick and easy tips to get ready for spring trimming!

Have your pruners lost their edge? Are they rusty and stiff? We’ll show you how to clean and sharpen old pruners so they look and perform like new again!

This is exciting news!
01/31/2019

This is exciting news!

🦋🦋 EXCITING NEWS!!!!! 🦋🦋
The 2018-2019 winter monarch count in Mexico was released today. There's been a 144% increase from last year, and the numbers are higher than the average for the years 1994-2018. BRAVO!
Be mindful, keep working for the monarchs and other pollinators, and maybe we'll see am upward trend over several years, and not just this one. SO GLAD to see this!!

Interesting and promising idea!
01/21/2019
Big Bug Hunt

Interesting and promising idea!

An excellent idea...

It is such an honor to be able to help beautify our wonderful town of Glen Rose!
01/19/2019

It is such an honor to be able to help beautify our wonderful town of Glen Rose!

Thank you once again Somervell County Master Gardeners for keeping the bed next to City Hall looking so good!

Fulfill your New Years resolution with GARDENING! Join the Somervell Master Gardeners, learn all about gardening and get...
01/14/2019

Fulfill your New Years resolution with GARDENING! Join the Somervell Master Gardeners, learn all about gardening and get in shape, too!

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Sign up now for classes beginning in April!
01/03/2019

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Sign up now for classes beginning in April!

Pollinator Friendly Landscaping
12/28/2018

Pollinator Friendly Landscaping

Join Your Native Plant Society or Wild Ones Chapter in 2019!
It's one of the best things you can do for the environment

Yep!
12/23/2018

Yep!

Merry Christmas, Gardeners!
🦌🎅🦌

Interesting! Get out there and dig in the dirt! And if you want to be a "Master Gardener", sign up for the Somervell Cou...
12/17/2018
Gardening could be the hobby that helps you live to 100

Interesting! Get out there and dig in the dirt! And if you want to be a "Master Gardener", sign up for the Somervell County MG training this Spring!

Many of the world's centenarians share one common hobby: gardening. Could you extend your life and drop your stress by taking up the pursuit, too?

Lots more going on below the surface!
12/09/2018
Why prairies matter and lawns don’t

Lots more going on below the surface!

Prairies – those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people. Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urba…

What a unique and interesting garden! Congratulations to our fellow Master Gardeners in North Carolina!
11/30/2018

What a unique and interesting garden! Congratulations to our fellow Master Gardeners in North Carolina!

We are proud to announce, after gaining national recognition, the 2017 Crevice Garden Internship Project has gone on to win the International Master Gardener’s Search for Excellence Award!! Congratulations to team members Karen Williams, Ernie Showfety, Angela Stoner, Larissa Sexton, Rinda Debeck, Robert Thompson and team mentor Jo Ann Shaw.

Our Demo Garden is free and open daily to the public - located behind the NC Cooperative Extension - Guilford County Center office at 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro. In addition to the Crevice Garden at the entrance, it contains 20+ plant collections (such as the Shade garden, Vegetable garden, Pollinator garden) to demonstrate plant material and ideas that perform well in our local growing conditions. The garden is funded and maintained by the Extension Master Gardeners of Guilford County and is just over an acre in size. Paved pathways make it accessible to all.

As you begin to plan your spring gardens, keep these companion plantings in mind! Will help keep pests away and attract ...
11/20/2018

As you begin to plan your spring gardens, keep these companion plantings in mind! Will help keep pests away and attract beneficial insects!

The basic idea behind #companionplanting is both simple and sensible: many plants grow better near some companions than they do near others or when alone. By itself it will not work miracles, but applied in a well-maintained garden, it can produce startling results. It can drastically improve the use of space, reduce the number of weeds and garden pests, and provide protection from heat, wind, and even the crushing weight of snow. In the vegetable garden, all this adds up to the best thing of all: increased yield 🍆🥒🥬🥦🌽🥕

Absolutely!
11/19/2018

Absolutely!

Gardeners are...

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Our new Extension Agent! So thrilled to have Ellerie as part of our Master Gardener team!
11/08/2018
Glen Rose Reporter

Our new Extension Agent! So thrilled to have Ellerie as part of our Master Gardener team!

Meet Ellerie Jackson.

Some good tips from Brazos MG program to the south. By the way, Somervell County will be having a new Master Gardener cl...
10/19/2018
GARDEN SENSE: Be careful working with rain-soaked soil, plants

Some good tips from Brazos MG program to the south. By the way, Somervell County will be having a new Master Gardener class opening up in the Spring! Watch for more information in the coming months!

Most Texans are hoping for rains to cease, as we witness the devastation of flooding in the Hill Country. It is incredible to think that just a few short weeks

10/09/2018
Glen Rose Garden Club

Don’t forget!

Tomorrow's the day. Rain or shine we'll be hosting our 20th anniversary OPEN HOUSE. 10-12 at the Glen Rose Community Center 107 Shepard street opposite the fire station.

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1405 Texas Dr
Glen Rose, TX
76043

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