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
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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

Yep!
02/25/2020

Yep!

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -
02/06/2020
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives. – Gertrude Jekyll

01/30/2020
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

In the blink of an eye, January 2020 is coming to its end. I hope you had a wonderful December and that the new year is finding you refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to create some memorable experiences in your garden. I, for one, am anticipating my best garden ever, but then again I feel that way e...

Pollinator Friendly Landscaping
01/06/2020

Pollinator Friendly Landscaping

Every time you share...that might mean more butterfly habitat for 2020!
We can do this! We need hope for 2020. Monarchs and all our incredible butterflies need native host plants and native nectar plants.
Find your most productive native host plants by zip code HERE: https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/
Find your native plant society and join or at least use the resources on their website HERE: http://nanps.org/native-plant-societies/

From one of the greats! Dr. Bill Welch
12/19/2019

From one of the greats! Dr. Bill Welch

From our own Dr. Welch: What's Worked for Me This Winter (a winter guide to gardening in Texas).https://txmg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/winter.pdf

Just be aware!
11/19/2019

Just be aware!

Glen Rose FFA - Texas
10/29/2019

Glen Rose FFA - Texas

ATTENTION PLANT ENTHUSIAST:

The Horticulture class is looking for 10-12 individuals who would be willing to let them keep their outside plants in the greenhouse for the winter.

We are needing each plant to be of a different species, with the goal of propagating new plants off of yours, in order to increase the variety in our greenhouse. Your plant will be pruned, watered, and fertilized in a state of the art, climate controlled greenhouse throughout the winter months and returned next spring. Along with a health plant you will be given first pick of the spring plants to help grow your own collection. Please contact Mr. Clarke or Mr. Bozarth with any questions. Thank you for all this great community does in helping grow our Agricultural Program.

More photos from our hypertufa workshop! We had so much fun! We may do this for the public in the future!
10/25/2019

More photos from our hypertufa workshop! We had so much fun! We may do this for the public in the future!

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -
10/24/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

Whether by man or nature, all plants are eventually pruned. Proper pruning can enhance your landscape and improve the health of your trees and shrubs. Come hear Steve Chaney, Tarrant County Horticulture Agent, speak on pruning at a joint educational meeting of the Somervell County Master Gardeners a...

Several members of the Somervell County Master Gardeners gathered today for a workshop on hypertufa! What fun we had! An...
10/23/2019

Several members of the Somervell County Master Gardeners gathered today for a workshop on hypertufa! What fun we had! And to top off the morning, we had a special guest joining us! Louie McDaniel, President of the Texas Master Gardener Association joined in on the fun and even stayed for lunch! Louie told us all about the 2020 TMGA Conference in Waco! We all can’t wait!!

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09/28/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

Succulents have been very popular among plant and flower enthusiasts for many seasons now. One group of succulents that get less notice than many others are Lithops. If you are unfamiliar with this type of succulent, please allow me to introduce them to you.

No more mulch mounds! Expose those root flairs!
09/13/2019

No more mulch mounds! Expose those root flairs!

Here is a post we have shared before....rehabilitation of an over-mulched oak tree. GO OUT with MULCH....do not GO UP with MULCH....the tree will thank you...

(original photo for this post is from Erich Saiter, ISA Certified Arborist, Indiana and Jon Zanders.....we wonder how many total contacts for this image....great information that has been shared in large proportions)

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -
08/31/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

If you’re out and about these days, no doubt you have seen a sign at lawn and garden departments that says “Time for Pre-Emergent’. If you are a diligent turfgrass advocate, you probably already know the time is indeed upon us. What you may not know is that all pre-emergents are not created eq...

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -
07/27/2019
News from Somervell County Master Gardeners

News from Somervell County Master Gardeners -

Container-grown garden benefits extend beyond bushels of fresh produce. When growing in these closed-system environments, you are able to more easily manage soil and pests. They are also a wonderful way to introduce children to the joys and rewards of vegetable gardening.

07/17/2019
AgriLife Water University

AgriLife Water University

🌱 🌿 Easily create a new plant bed in your landscape with #recycled cardboard and newspaper! 📦🗞Here's how to #SheetMulch with Daniel Cunningham

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

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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

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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.

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1405 Texas Dr
Glen Rose, TX
76043

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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This is a great way to get an award.
Thanks to the people that created this beautiful area along the I-35. I remember when the highways started to change after Lady Bird's 1965 Beautification Act. Over the years you would see more and more wild flowers spreading over the landscape.
This is so pretty. I always remember the highways before the 1965 Beautification Act created by Lady Bird. Over the years you would see more and more wild flowers covering sloping hills. Now we have waystations with gardens.