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Watch for CHES Meetings in 2018!!

No CHES  meeting in January, 2018. The Community Horticultural Education Series is sponsored by the Somervell County Master Gardeners. New officers for 2018-2019 have not had a chance to publish the new schedule. Please look for more information in next month’s newsletter.

Tips for December & January Gardening

by Donna Hagar, Somervell County Master Gardener Lawn Care – if you are lucky enough to have a plethora of deciduous trees, rake leaves and either use as mulch in landscape beds or run through a shredder and add to the compost pile Planting – Take advantage of the frequent warmish weather and plant container plants or transplants. After Christmas, get those live Christmas trees in the ground so their roots have a chance to establish before spring! Pruning – you can cut back herbaceous perennials after the… Read More →

Pointers For Poinsettias

by Merilyn Cranford, Somervell County Master Gardener, December 2017 Since the weather has cooled and the calendar says it’s December, one of the flowers we all look forward to this time of year is the poinsettia.  They are beautiful and enhance the looks of any home or office.  But sadly they only last for just a short time.  However, here are a few tips you might try if you would like to coax your poinsettia to bloom again for another year:   Christmas: Pick a colorful plant with… Read More →

Greens for All Seasons

GROWING GREENS FOR ALL SEASONS   © by Christine Morgan, ND, Somervell County Master Gardener                                                      Cool Weather Greens Kale, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, Chinese cabbage (bok choy, and pac choi) from the brassica family are the best known greens available to the home gardener. Also important are Swiss chard and spinach. They can all be grown as cool season greens. Collards, kale,… Read More →

CHES Meetings 2018

Community Horticultural Education Series (CHES), sponsored by the Somervell County Master Gardeners, will not meet again in 2017. The new officers for 2018-2019 have not had a chance to publish the new schedule. Please look for more information in next month’s newsletter.

Two Favorite Natives

Shrubby Boneset If you’ve ever taken a close look at shrubby boneset, you can see why butterflies (and moths and hummingbirds) are so attracted to it: It’s basically a floral landing pad. The dainty blooms of Ageratina havanensis form welcoming clusters, and the spindly tendrils along their edges even seem like a safety fence or built-in railing. Their alluring scent and stores of nectar literally sweeten the deal — especially at a time when migrating Lepidoptera like monarchs need a serious snack break. In fact, shrubby boneset is one of our top five fall nectar plants for… Read More →

Musical chairs in the Garden

By Mary Ann Steele, Somervell County Master Gardener Crop rotation is like playing a long term game of musical chairs in the garden.  Every plant is different:  inviting specific pests and diseases and demanding more of nutrients than others.  Growing the same crop in the same spot year after year drains the soil, and can lead to sick plants.   To make matters worse, some diseases and pests can end up taking residence in the soil around the plants they prey on most.  Keeping those plants in the same… Read More →

From the Gardener’s Kitchen

 Pumpkin Bread                 3 cups sugar                                                        2 tsp. baking soda 1 cup oil                                                                3 1/2 cups flour 4 eggs         … Read More →

CHES Meeting, October 9th

Paul Dowlearn and his wife, owners of Wichita Falls Landscape, will present a program on Fall gardening and landscaping.  This couple is very knowledgeable and entertaining, you will be glad you came! See ya at 6:30 pm, Citizens Center, 209 SW Barnard Street in Glen Rose, just off the east side of the square.  Be on time for cookies and door prize registration.      

Oak Wilt In Central Texas

by Shirley D. Smith, Somervell County Master Gardener One of the main reasons we bought our property in Somervell County was because of a stand of live oaks.  We built our house close to these trees and they have given us a lot of pleasure as we sit under them on a summer day and enjoy their shade or just admire their beauty.  Grandkids have spent hours climbing their twisted branches.  However, after becoming a Texas Master Gardener and attending some classes on how to keep trees healthy,… Read More →