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 first frost of the fall came about three weeks early this year. This is the second year in a row that that has happened. The cold weather caused a light turnout at the veggie demo garden, but those who were there did their best to prepared for the mid-week frost and to recover from it later in the week. Before the frost hit we harvested all of the ripe and semi-ripe tomatoes (nine pounds). Then we covered some fall tomato plants that had some nice fruit on… Read More →
We got some good rain in the demo garden this week. We have two rain gauges and they read a little bit different, but, interpolating between the two, we got somewhere between two-and-a-half and three inches. We hope that your garden got a good drink too. This is supposed to be an El Nino year, which means that Texas should experience a wetter than normal weather pattern. So let’s hope that the past week’s rain is just the tip of the iceberg and we will get a lot… Read More →
This week the veggie demo folks harvested nearly fifty-five pounds of produce, which was donated to The Caring Place and the Annunciation Maternity Home. We prepared a couple of rows in the row garden for planting by broadforking them to loosen the soil and till in amendments and raking the surface smooth. Then we planted several rows with Georgia collards, Royal Red and Paris Island cos lettuces, tatsoi and other Asian greens, chiogga beets, Bloomsdale Longstanding and Monstrueux de Viroflay spinaches and mustard spinach, which is neither mustard… Read More →
This week we harvested and donated: six pounds of peppers, nearly six pounds of eggplant, over 32 pounds of okra, four pounds of bok choi, one pound of chard, eight pounds of sweet potatoes, over a pound of tomatoes, and 14 pounds of kale. As you can see we are getting mixed harvests of late summer and fall crops. That will continue for awhile until the fall crops are spent. As we remove the spent summer veggies we are tilling, amending and and replanting the beds and rows…. Read More →
This week’s veggie demo garden harvest included: over 23 pounds of okra, seven pounds of peppers, four pounds of eggplant, over thirty pounds of sweet potatoes, half a pound of Malabar spinach and over seventeen pounds of kale. While most of those veggies came from the row garden, the team harvested sweet potatoes, the Malabar spinach, peppers, green beans and southern peas from the raised beds. We donated produce to The Caring Place and the Annunciation Maternity Home this week. With the exception of the kale, those are… Read More →
We harvested nearly 70 pounds of vegetables this week from the row garden, raised beds and EarthKind test beds. This week’s harvest included: southern peas (7 lb), sweet potatoes (½ lb), sweet potato leaves (2 lb), peppers (10¾ lb), eggplant (8 lb), zucchini (1 lb), tatuma squash (11 lb), other summer squash (4½ lb), okra (21½ lb), tomatoes (1¼ lb), and green beans (½ lb). Seven and a half pounds of the okra came from the three varieties in the Earthkind testbeds: Alabama Red, Stewart Zeebest and Emerald… Read More →
These cool fall mornings are a perfect time to get out and work in the yard and garden. This week the vegetable demonstration garden crew harvested over sixty-five pounds of produce from the demo garden. The harvest included peppers, okra, eggplant, sweet potatoes and sweet potato leaves, which can be used just like chard, kale or beet greens. We were able not only to donate produce to The Caring Place and the Annunciation Maternity Home this week but also to share some with the AgriLife and Road and… Read More →
This week the veggie demo garden team harvested over fourteen pounds of okra, a pound of peppers, fourteen pounds of squash and nearly two pounds of eggplant from the row garden and raised beds. We donated all of the produce to the Annunciation Maternity Home in Georgetown. In addition to harvesting, we trimmed off the lower leaves of the fall tomato plants in an effort to keep them from getting blight. The organism which causes blight lives in the soil and can be splashed up on the leaves… Read More →
The rains have finally come to central Texas! We hope that your gardens got a good soaking. We had so much at the demo gardens that the rain gauges were filled nearly to overflowing. The wet ground made it a little difficult to work in the garden this week but the team got out there on the normal work days and did as much as could be done with the wet ground. This week we harvested in both the raised beds and row garden as well as the… Read More →
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 →