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
This week we harvested over fifty pounds of okra (twenty pounds from the EarthKind beds alone), nine pounds of peppers, fifteen pounds of tomatoes and eight pounds of sweet potato leaves. That’s a total of over eighty-three pounds of produce which we donated to the Annunciation Maternity Home and The Caring Place in Georgetown. Some of you may think that sweet potato leaves are a strange thing to harvest, but they can be used much like any other greens such as spinach, kale, chard or beet greens. They… Read More →
This week the vegetable demonstration garden team harvested and donated over 65 pounds of produce including six pounds of peppers, six pounds of eggplant, thirty-five pounds of okra, eleven pounds of tomatoes, five pounds of southern peas, three pounds of melons, some edamame and tomatillos and a handful of dried black beans. In the row garden, in addition to harvesting, we put taller tomato cages on some of the tomatoes that have begun to outgrow the short cages we had started them out with. We trimmed the sweet… Read More →
This week’s harvest of over sixty pounds of produce included over six pounds of tomatoes, thirty-seven pounds of okra, nine pounds of peppers, seven pounds of squash, one pound of eggplant and a pound and a half of tomatillos. Over eight pounds of the okra came from the EarthKind testbeds where we have planted three varieties: Green Velvet, Alabama Red and Stewart’s Zeebest. We donated all of the produce to The Caring Place and the Annunciation Maternity Home. We have been working hard at removing spent plants so… Read More →
Despite the heat and drought the vegetable demonstration garden remains productive. This week we donated nearly seventy-five pounds of produce including nearly twenty pounds of tomatoes, another twenty pounds of peppers, six pounds of eggplant, three pounds of zucchini, a pound of southern peas, three pounds of cucumbers, four pounds of cantaloupe and a whopping twenty-two pounds of okra, much of which came from the EarthKind test beds. We have three kinds of okra in the EarthKind beds. By far the most productive has been the Alabama Red…. Read More →
This week the veggie demo garden team harvested and donated 53 pounds of produce including five pounds of peppers, sixteen pounds of tomatoes, two pounds of eggplant, fourteen pounds of cantaloupe, four pounds of southern peas, eight pounds of squash, four pounds of okra and a few tomatillos. As you can see by the picture, most of the tomato harvest these days consists of various varieties of cherry tomatoes. When the weather gets hot the larger tomatoes may still produce blossoms, but they will seldom set fruit. The… Read More →
From a vegetable gardening perspective this hot mid-summer weather is good for one thing: this is the time when the southern peas ripen. While English peas will curl up and die long before these steamy days of summer, the southern peas seem to love this kind of weather. So they are beginning to show up in the demo veggie garden harvest. This week we harvested nearly two pounds of them as well as some figs, thirty-two pounds of cantaloupe, eight pounds of squash, eight pounds of eggplant, three… Read More →
This week the harvest consisted of over 55 pounds of tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, tatuma squash, lima beans, chard, okra, figs and cantaloupe. We gave a few peppers to the Road and Bridge folks who are the site landlords and split the rest between The Caring Place and the Annunciation Maternity Home in Georgetown. We fertilized several of the beds this week including the EarthKind trial beds, the peach trees, the tatuma squash and watermelon patch and the newly planted tomatoes. We used fish oil emulsion for fertilizer. This… Read More →
We had a good harvest this week in both the row garden and the raised beds. This week we picked, and donated nearly 100 pounds of produce including: fifteen pounds of tomatoes, thirty-eight pounds of squash, twenty-five pounds of peppers, seven pounds of eggplant, nine pounds of cucumber, a handful of lima beans, one cantaloupe, one watermelon and seven and a half pounds of garlic (6-¾ Inchellium Red and ¾ Metichi). We also picked a small handful of figs, mostly Celeste. Both The Caring Place and the Annunciation… Read More →
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy”. I’m pretty sure that Gershwin didn’t have vegetable gardening in central Texas in mind when he wrote that song. Although we’ve had so much unseasonable rain lately that I’d have no problem believing that the “fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high”. We got well over three inches of rain in the veggie demo garden this week. Most of it came on Friday so we were only able to get one workday in this week. Before the monsoon we got out… Read More →
This week we harvested and donated: 46 pounds of tomatoes, 35 pounds of squash, 4 pounds of eggplant, 6 pounds of peppers, 5 pounds of cucumbers, 5 pounds of chard and two pounds of green beans. Most of that came from the row garden. Before long we should be adding southern peas to the harvest. We have a couple of different varieties planted and they are all doing well. We had planted sweet potato slips in two different rows. One of them is doing well and is about… Read More →