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
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 →
The weather was cold again this week but the veggie folks were up to the challenge. We spent some time on maintenance, weeding and and cleaning up some of the beds and rows. We are still having a problem with nutsedge in the row garden. This pernicious weed usually has to be removed by hand since it is necessary not only to pull the shoots but also to dig out the “nuts” that give it its name. Quite a few of the brassicas in the row garden had… Read More →
Everyone on the veggie demo garden team agrees that this winter has been much more variable than usual. That has made winter gardening in central Texas even more challenging than it normally is. The hot and cold weather didn’t stop the veggie gardeners from working in the garden this week though. While the winter vegetables in the garden that have been covered have made it through the very cold nights unscathed, those that were exposed to the cold weather have sustained some damage. Fortunately it has been contained… Read More →
Ol’ Mother Nature is having fun toying with winter veggie gardeners in Texas this year. Winter gardening is always a test for central Texas gardeners but this year has been more challenging than most. In addition to the normal run of warm days and cool nights we have had some long strings of very cold weather compounded this week by freezing rain, sleet and snow. This is a problem if you have recent transplants or seedlings the garden beds. Even if the variety of plant is one which… Read More →
Although the nights are still chilly, the days are getting warmer and drier. So the veggie demo garden team was able to get a lot of work done this week. Work is progressing on the Earth Kind vegetable test beds. As soon as the ground dried enough the team tilled the surface, which had become compacted from the sod removal. Then we spread compost on the surface to feed the soil and plants and to increase drainage in the black clay soil that underlies the beds. After that… Read More →
The weather has kept the veggie garden crew out of the demo garden for much of this week. Despite that fact we have managed to do a bit of harvesting and even some planting. We picked several cabbages and harvested broccoli and kale from the row garden. The team donated fourteen pounds of produce to The Caring Place and another fourteen pounds to the Annunciation Maternity Home. The cold weather has meant that seeds planted outside have been slow to germinate and, when they have sprouted, the germination… Read More →
Work has finally begun on the Earth Kind vegetable test beds! In the photo above you can see that the area for the new beds was laid out near the existing row garden. This area will contain four new beds. Three beds will be used to test vegetable varieties grown using Earth Kind principles under three different sets of conditions. The fourth bed will be sort of a control bed where veggies will be grown to see how they compare to the test beds and to supply additional… Read More →