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
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 →
We got more rain in the veggie demo garden this week. That has helped the veggies to grow which resulted in another good harvest. In the raised beds we picked peppers, tomatoes, squash and eggplant. The tatuma squash, which we just planted in a bare spot where we once had a pile of mystery dirt, are spreading all over and producing well. We picked over half a dozen this week. In the row garden we picked tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans and chard. Between last week and this… Read More →
We got more rain in the garden this week. That’s a little unusual for June and, despite the fact that we are still in a severe drought and have restrictions on how often we can water, the rain is actually causing some problems in the garden. Our demonstration garden is on the east side of the Balcones fault line. Because of that the ground is mostly clay, which does not drain well. That isn’t really a problem in the raised beds, but it does present some challenges in… Read More →
This week’s veggie demo garden harvest was a big one. The majority of the produce was tomatoes (114 lbs.) and squash (28 lbs). We also harvested several varieties of peppers, green beans, cucumbers and a handful of blackberries. In addition we trimmed the last of the garlic and one of our gardeners donated a flat of peaches. All in all we harvested over 160 pounds of produce this week. We ate most of the blackberries and gave some of the tomatoes to the folks in the Agrilife office… Read More →
We got some much-needed rain at the demo garden again this week and we hope you got some too. A rainy week might seem like a strange time to work on our irrigation system, but we did that all the same. As I mentioned in previous posts, we have been converting the irrigation in the pizza garden from a quarter-inch drip line to solid supply lines with adjustable emitters. We had one more “slice of pizza” to do this week, so we finished that and then ran a… Read More →
The harvest is in full swing this week. We dug over 140 pounds of potatoes (red Lasota, white Superior and purple fingerling), picked nearly 25 pounds of squash (mostly zephyr), 10 pounds of green beans, 15 pounds of tomatoes, 5 pounds of chard and a few pepperss. In addition, we trimmed the garlic we had pulled a couple of weeks ago and pulled the remaining garlic from the row garden. We also had some peaches that were grown by one of our master gardeners in his private orchard…. Read More →
We got a good bit of rain in the veggie demo garden this week. That was the good news. That was also the bad news. The rain apparently came down pretty much all at one time. As a result it ran roughshod through the row garden and created a bit of a mess for us. All this happened early in the week but the ground was so muddy that we weren’t able to get out to clean up the mess until the end of the week. We did… Read More →
I’ve mentioned before that we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to deal with insects in the garden. Usually when we talk about that we mean using organic insect deterrents or insecticides that will only target the particular “bad” bug that is giving us a problem without hurting the “good” bugs that are useful to the gardener. Another important aspect of organic pest control, however, is the cultivation of birds, toads and other animals that prey on the bad bugs. One type of insect predator that Texas has in… Read More →