Gardening……..ahhh, to dig in the dirt, watch little seedlings sprout and grow into beautiful flowers, plants, vegetables or trees. Nothing can be more satisfying! Is this something that appeals to you? Have you been bitten by the gardening bug and are just not sure where to start? Or, maybe you already garden quite successfully and want to learn more? Maybe you just love to play in the dirt and want more playmates? Whatever the reason, maybe it is time to start thinking about becoming a Somervell County Master Gardener!
Just what is a Master Gardener? Master Gardeners are a dedicated group of ordinary folks who simply have a passion for gardening, desire to further their own knowledge, and wish to further good horticulture practices within our own community. They are volunteers sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service.
To become a Certified Texas Master Gardener, one must complete the training classes and perform additional volunteer hours. By taking the training classes, you will learn not only how to plant things, but also how to keep them healthy. You will also learn to identify and prevent diseases, and how to recognize harmful, as well as beneficial insects. By the end of the class, you will have a variety of tools to help problem-solve gardening issues on your own property, as well as to help friends and members of the community. All along the way you will be mentored by seasoned Master Gardeners!
The next tri-county training is scheduled for March 2021. Classes will be either in person or virtual, typically scheduled from 9am-4pm and will be held on most Tuesdays beginning in April, running through early June. In person classes will be either in Hood, Somervell or Johnson counties or online. Cost of training has not yet been set but will include the new full color Master Gardener Handbook, access to all training, online and in person and all field trip fees.
For more information and to register, please contact Janna or Jordan at the Somervell County Extension Office at 254-897-2809. Don’t wait as class size is limited!