Author Archives: Elaine Wilshusen

PLANT SALE SATURDAY MARCH 30th at 9am

The Somervell County Master Gardeners will hold a Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 30th starting at 9am. The location will be the same as last year, the parking lot of First United Methodist Church Family Center on Barnard Street. There will be a varied assortment of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, and vegetables. Plan to arrive early for the best selection!  

Pre-Spring Inventory

By Tessa Chenoa Ownbey, Somervell County Master Gardener March 12th This is the week of the year that I wander around my garden, seemingly purposelessly.  I know it looks purposeless because my husband always asks me what I’m doing. My wanderings are not completely without purpose, though.  My garden plans are made and committed to graph paper.  Seeds are accumulated, and I’m on the fence about the weather.  It’s my week for inventory.  I see the onions and the daylilies are up, and everything I trimmed back last… Read More →

Master Gardener Classes are Beginning Soon!

PLANT SALE MARCH 30th!

Get ready for the springtime! The Somervell County Master Gardeners will hold a Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 30th starting at 9am. The location will be the same as last year, the parking lot of First United Methodist Church Family Center on Barnard Street. There will be a varied assortment of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, and vegetables.  

Here, Smell This!

By Tessa Chenoa Ownbey, Somervell County Master Gardener At a recent workday, Donna Hagar and I were cutting back Autumn Sage.  “Some people like this smell,” she said.  It was a simple statement, but it surprised me.  It had not occurred to me NOT to like the smell of sage.  I know it’s a matter of personal nostrils, but to me, nearly everything in a garden smells good.  My favorite is the smell of tomato vines as I brush up against them.  But I also love the smell… Read More →

Update on Soil Blocking/Seed Starting

By Elaine Wilshusen, Somervell County Master Gardener Last month, I posted a brief article on soil blocking. Below are some photos of my first attempt at starting seeds using the “soil blocking” technique. So far, it hasn’t been bad… Day 1 – setting up to mix the soil with water. I purchased a pre-made soil mix for simplicity’s sake. My granddaughter thought I was making brownies! I slowly mixed enough water with a large spoon until the mixture had the consistency of mushy oatmeal. I just mixed a… Read More →

Master Gardener classes begin April 2nd

Please do not forget to register for the Texas Master Gardener classes beginning April 2nd. For complete information, please see flyer link below: Flyer

*** Spring Plant Sale***

The Somervell County Master Gardeners will hold a Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 30th. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!

Seed Starting using Soil Blocking

By Elaine Wilshusen, Somervell County Master Gardener If you enjoy getting a jump on starting your vegetable or flower seeds indoors, you may have heard of soil blocking for starting seedlings.        I have started my vegetable seeds indoors for years using “peat pots”, seed starting soil, heating mats and grow lights. I had never heard of the soil blocking technique until recently and I am going to give it a try this spring.  Soil blocking for starting seeds involves using a specialized type of mold to… Read More →

Warnings, Tips, and Wit for Gardeners

By Mary Ann Steele, Somervell County Master Gardener Gardening is one of the most gratifying of all human endeavors. Some people say “Gardening is too hard. There is so much to learn and it’s hard work. I know if I plant something, I’ll kill it.” Everyone who has gardened since Adam and Eve has killed a plant or two. That is how you figure out what will work and what won’t. Don’t get upset when plants die. It’s not failure. Think of it as an opportunity. It’s like… Read More →