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.
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 extremely cold weather this week has limited the veggie demo garden activity. The temperature was fairly warm in the first part of the week so the crew did get out to do some repair work and to prepare the beds for the cold weather that blew in mid-week. Winter is always a good time to spruce up the garden, clean and sharpen tools and make any necessary repairs or changes to the garden beds. Several of our raised beds are built from two-inch untreated lumber so from… Read More →
The cold, rainy weather the last week or so has kept the veggie team away from the demo garden. The arrival of the first frost of winter varies a good bit from year to year. This year it came quite early. As a result all of the late summer crops are gone now. Since the winter crops are not really producing yet, and there was nothing to harvest, we decided to stay home and hunker down until the early cold spell had passed. The weather this year seems… Read More →
This week we harvested several pounds of fingerling potatoes, some Chinese cabbage, carrots and beets and donated them to the Annunciation Maternity Home. Then we pulled out the last of the frost-damaged plants from the row garden and replanted some Bibb and Paris Island Cos lettuce. Rabbits or deer have been munching on some of our plants. They damaged the kale in the row garden and some of the leaf celery in the raised beds. So we covered those plants with chicken wire to keep the varmints off… Read More →
The first frost of the year hit the veggie demo garden this week. We managed to get out the day before to harvest what we could and to protect some of the new seedlings. We delivered over twenty pounds of beans, peppers, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, and fingerling potatoes to the food banks this week. We decided that it was time to let the summer crops go so they were killed by the frost. We lost the eggplants, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and other frost-tender plants this week. Fortunately, we… Read More →
The row garden harvest this week consisted of green beans, okra, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, spinach, several kohlrabi and one lonely tomato. We delivered twenty-five pounds of produce to The Caring Place and the Annunciation Maternity Home. In the raised beds we harvested beans, eggplant, cucumbers, some small carrots that we removed while thinning them, kale and Asian greens. We also picked the two pomegranates that grew this summer because they had cracked from the recent rains and would have rotted if we hadn’t picked them. The rest of… Read More →
This week we harvested fourteen pounds of okra, green beans, eggplant and peppers from the row garden and delivered them to a local food bank. In the raised beds we harvested eggplant, green beans, lima beans, chard, kale, Asian greens, radishes and the first beet of the season. We have had a volunteer squash plant growing in one of the raised beds. None of us were too sure what variety it was, although we had planted some Delicata winter squash in that spot last spring, so we thought… Read More →
This week we harvested lima beans, green beans, okra, eggplant, sweet potatoes, Asian greens, spinach, chard, peppers, radishes, a few beets and couple of cucumbers. We delivered over fifty pounds of produce to The Caring Place and the Annunciation Maternity Home. As you can tell from the list of veggies, the harvest is beginning to pick up now and includes not only late plantings of summer crops like okra and peppers, but also early picking of fall and winter crops like spinach, chard and Asian greens. As we… Read More →
The fall rains have been good for the demo garden. Things are growing well and we are harvesting a lot of the late summer crops. This week we picked okra, green beans, eggplant, peppers and radishes and delivered donations to two area food banks. As we harvest fast-growing fall crops like radishes we replant those spots immediately so that we can harvest all winter long. We planted carrots and beets in some of the newly available spots too. The seeds of most of these root crops are quite… Read More →
This week we removed some spent summer veggie plants and and prepared the rows and beds for more fall planting. We pulled out the southern peas in both the raised beds and row garden. That wasn’t such a bad job in the raised beds, but it was a little more of a problem in the row garden because, for some reason we aren’t real clear about, wasps have been covering the southern peas in the row garden. They haven’t been real happy about our harvesting activities and they… Read More →
We got another three-tenths of an inch of rain at the demo garden this week. It wasn’t a lot, but every little bit helps during this historic Texas drought. This week’s harvest included radishes, eggplant, okra, southern peas, squash, peppers and a few tomatoes. We donated most of it to The Caring Place. We also harvested a couple of Sugar Baby watermelons, which we had grown on a trellis in one of the raised beds. Of course we had to sample them, since they were the first to… Read More →