Kelsey Creek Farm ~~Rethinking Gardening~~

__Bruce Williams President-Elect of the Gregg County Master Gardeners Association__

As I write this it is 26 degrees on the 4th of March here in Longview,Texas. We had a overnight freezing rain turned to snow a couple of nights ago that still covers all the trees and shrubs with ice, even breaking dry pine branches from the weight. Possumhaw, Plums, strawberries, ornamental Pears, quince and some of the deciduous magnolias have all bloomed because of a week of warm temperatures. They all have been hit by this perfect icing that happened;  a seemingly never ending winter has a lot of us gardening types anticipating a letup that started early before Halloween. The 2013 Fall was a beautiful one because of the rain and sliding temperatures kept color changing leaves on the trees longer.   So, every rose has it’s thorn.

This has given everyone a little longer to do soil preparation, planning and researching our garden passions. There has been a big change in gardening philosophy in the last decade in which there are deep divides in how food production, trees and general horticultural practices should be  carried out.

What has overwhelmingly been proven to be a better method is the no till gardening and water conservation techniques such as the Earthkind model carried out by Texas A&M. I was given a wonderful 3 hour tour by Kent Ormsby a month ago with Pete Quinn Vice-President and Master Gardener of the Year in 2013. Kent was enthusastic showing how he worked with nature instead of dominating it through breaking ground with “iron” on it as he says. The start of the year we will be blessed to hear from:

GREGG Master GARDENERS

LEARN AT LUNCH

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 12, 2014

NOON – 1:00 PM

 

 

Speaker: KENT ORMSBY

KELSEY CREEK FARM, GILMER, TX

Topic: “NO-TILL GARDENING”

 

Location:

 

GREGG COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE

405 E. Marshall Ave., Longview

Visitors welcome * Bring your lunch

INFORMATION: 903-236-8429 or www.txmg.org/gregg

http://www.kelseycreekfarm.com/

Also in in March the Urban Horticulture Committee will present Larry and Meloney Ferguson. They are dear to me because we were interns last year together and we got to know each other very well on field trips to various training as Master Gardeners last year. They are got me involved with the http://txmg.org/gregg/2013/07/11/longview-community-garden-network-presentation/  and introduced me to the no till method.  They are very active in organic gardening.

URBAN HORTICULTURE COMMITTEE

Presents: HorticultureSeminar 3

Thursday, MARCH 20, 2014

6:30pm405 E. Marshall

Extension Auditorium

ENTRANCE: BACK DOOR

Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds :

Tomatoes, Squash, Green Beans, Greens and Corn

PRESENTED BY:

Larry and Melaney Ferguson, Master Gardeners

 

ONE TIME FEE OF $10

 

 

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