Williamson County Master Gardeners
are volunteers who work with the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension to improve gardening skills throughout the community. Program objectives are implemented through the training of local volunteers known as Master Gardeners. We collaborate with Extension to conduct youth and community education; establish and maintain demonstration gardens; and provide a speakers bureau. We work with special audiences in the community (4-H horticultural clubs, Junior Master Gardener groups, schools, and others) for youth and community outreach of a horticultural nature. We recruit and educate new Master Gardener candidates for effective volunteering.
What is a Master Gardener?
Master Gardeners are local volunteers in your community who work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve your community’s quality of life through various horticultural projects.
Interested in becoming Master Gardener? Please see information on upcoming 2014 MG class. How can I become a Master Gardener?
Williamson County Master Gardeners hold monthly meetings at 7:00 pm at the Williamson County Extension Office, 3151 SE Innerloop Road, Suite A, Georgetown on the second Monday of each month with the doors open at 6:30 pm for social time. Master Gardeners and the public are welcome to attend.
The Callirhoe involucrata var. lineariloba (pictured right) or “Williamson County” Winecup found only in four or five Texas counties is just one of the many native plants that can be grown in a garden environment. Courtesy Joseph A. Marcus and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.
“A garden is a journey that seems to have neither a beginning nor an ending…”
John Gaston Fairey
Our In the Veggie Garden Blog
Last Monday night was unseasonably cold in central Texas. A few dedicated members of the veggie demo garden team came out to the garden before the monthly master gardener meeting to water the garden in case there was a freeze and to make sure that the tomatoes were tightly covered to keep them from being injured by the cold. That worked well for the tomatoes. Unfortunately some other plants didn’t entirely escape the damage. The potatoes, which have been doing very well the past month, got a little… Read More →
The harvest is picking up again. Mostly at this point we are harvesting late winter crops that we planted a couple of months ago. The vast majority is some form of winter greens. So this week we harvested ten bags of lettuce, two bags of spinach, one bag of kale and a handful of mache. We also cut a few asparagus spears. We had enough that we were able to share some with the extension office staff and still donate about three pounds of greens to the Annunciation… Read More →
The weather did not want to cooperate with the veggie demo garden crew this week as we prepared for the Williamson County Master Gardener Association Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale. In the early part of the week the temperatures were unseasonably warm, which had a negative effect on our late winter plantings. Later in the week there was a bitterly cold north wind blowing constantly. The gardeners had to bundle up and we had to tighten up the wind protection around the tomatoes and other early spring… Read More →
This coming Saturday, April 5th, from 8AM – 2PM is the big garden fair! The veggie demo garden team had been hard at work sprucing up the garden to get it ready for the big day. In the raised bed/container/perennial area we planted some more radishes and tomatoes and installed trellises for some of the veggies we had already planted. We also spent a lot of time weeding around the perennials, such as the blackberry bushes, and feeding and hand-watering the beds. The team put in a lot… Read More →
It’s a little bit early for the Easter bunny, but we caught one of the little varmints munching our veggies this week. We have had lots of problems with varmints of all kinds in the demo garden this year, but rabbits have probably been the worst offenders. Late last year we found a nest in one of the raised beds and we have had to use hardware cloth and chicken wire in the row garden to keep them from eating the greens to the ground. This little guy… Read More →
This week we got a better look at the damage caused by last week’s very cold night. We lost many of the remaining brassicas and other mustard relatives such as mizuna. If you look closely at this picture you will see that all of the things that survived were either greens such as spinach or some form of lettuce. This points up something that many gardeners are not aware of. Although lettuces all look very fragile, they will often take a frost better than much more substantial-looking winter… Read More →
The cold weather kept the veggie garden crew away from the demo garden in the early part of the week. When we finally got out there we discovered that the one very cold night in the early part of the week wiped out most of the tomatoes that had been planted late last week in the “walls of water”. That’s probably because the cold hit before the water got warmed up enough to protect the plants and the tops of the walls of water did not close as… Read More →
This past week we saw the full gamut of central Texas winter weather in the veggie demo garden. The rain in the early part of the week turned the row garden into a sea of mud that clung to our shoes and made it seem like every step was a weight-lifting event. That was followed by spring-like weather that made it a pleasure to work in the garden. Then, just to keep us on our toes, ol’ Mother Nature hit us with one of the coldest nights we’ve… Read More →
This past week the veggie garden crew harvested five pounds of kale and Brussels sprouts and donated them to the Annunciation Maternity Home in Georgetown. We also harvested carrots and Asian greens. In the row garden we planted red and white Irish potatoes. We mulched some of the other recent plantings including cauliflower, kale and broccoli. The older plantings of many of these brassicas have either been harvested already or are starting to bolt. We’ve been hand-watering the plants in the row garden because the cold nights have… Read More →
We had to work around the weather again this week but we managed to get a lot done in the new Earth Kind testbeds. We got an extra work day in on Saturday as part of a general demo garden work day. All four of the Earth Kind beds have been framed now and we have begun to do the final soil prep before installing irrigation and planting the spring veggies in them. The veggie team worked on many of the other beds too. We weeded and cultivated… Read More →