September CHES Meeting

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The Community Educational Horticulture Sessions have been suspended for the summer, but go ahead and mark your calendar for the second Monday in September, the 11th, at 6:30 pm, Citizen’s Center, Glen Rose. Shirley Smith and Donna Hagar will present a program on Building a Rain Barrel and Harvesting Rain Water.  You won’t want to  miss this one! Have a safe and wonderful summer.  Enjoy your garden!  August is a good time to stay inside where it’s cool and plan your winter vegetable garden.

Going Under Plastic

I love to garden. I love growing my own fruits and veggies, knowing where my food comes from, what chemicals have, or moreover, have NOT been used on the food we eat. But it doesn’t come without its challenges! Pests, weeds and diseases can show up no matter how much time and care goes into it. I’ve used companion planting, trap cropping, physical removal of weeds and pests, chickens and guineas for bug control, crop rotation, etc etc all in an effort to reduce or control pests and… Read More →

“Zinnia” the Happy Flower

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by Julie Conner, Somervell County Master Gardener If you are looking for a low maintenance colorful annual the Zinnia fits that bill.  They are a member of the Aster family which includes marigolds and the sunflower. Zinnias come in a variety of colors, flower head size and heights. Zinnias do best in full sun and soil that has been enhanced with organic matter in a well-drained area.  Seeds can be planted directly in the bed after the last frost and covered with 1/4 inch of soil.  Water in well and… Read More →

Tips for August

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by Linda Heideman, Somervell County Master Gardener For the lawn and beds: Make sure the lawn is getting about 1-1.5 inches of water every week, watering between 2a.m.-6a.m. is ideal. Keep lawn mowed and landscaping weeded to prevent an infestation of chiggers. Plant heat loving plants such as salvia, purslane, and portulaca. Water potted plants and baskets often – twice a day on triple digit days. Give plants a summer boost by fertilizing throughout lawn and beds. For the garden: Check the garden daily and harvest veggies regularly for… Read More →

From the Gardener’s Kitchen

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by Linda Heideman, Somervell County Master Gardener   Sometimes the bounty from our gardens is way too much!!  Got Too Many Tomatoes??  You know you can easily freeze tomatoes without the fuss of canning, and they will also taste fresher than canned.  Simply wash, pat dry, place whole tomatoes in freezer zip-lok bags, suck out the air with a straw, seal, and freeze. When you thaw them, the skins will slip right off, and they are ready to go into  a hot tomato bisque, tomato soup,  homemade spaghetti… Read More →

Children’s Herb Workshop

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Children’s Herb Workshop (K-6th grade) 3 Saturdays, June 10, 17, 24 9:00-10:00 a.m.  June 10 – Lavender June 17 – Mint June 24 – Basil & Oregano  Paint a pot, then join The Master Gardeners and learn to plant and grow the herb of the week, and, finally, taste the herb in a dish at Sweet Magnolia Market! $10 per class limit 10 per class Reserve your spot in advance at Sweet Magnolia Market! 603 Austin St., Glen Rose, TX 76043

Next CHES Meeting

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The Community Educational Horticulture Sessions have been suspended for the summer, but go ahead and mark your calendar for the second Monday in September, the 11th. Shirley Smith and Donna Hagar will present a program on Building a Rain Barrel and Harvesting Rain Water. Have a safe and wonderful summer.  Enjoy your garden!

Favorite Plant – Jerusalem Sage

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by Shirley Smith, Somervell County Master Gardener I love trying new and different plants.  But, I do make sure they are either native to Texas and/or adapted for growing in this area.  One particularly good find is Jerusalem Sage.  The botanical name is Phlomis fruticosa.  Some common names are Satiny Wormwood, Mugwort, and Silvermound Artemisia.  I have had mine in the ground for about 3 years and it has done well.  I garden south of Glen Rose and have “good” soil to a depth from 8” to 24”… Read More →

Juniper Hit Hard by Blight

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Juniper and cypress varieties hit hard by blight                   May 10, 2017 Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Kevin Ong, 979-845-8000, kevo@tamu.edu, Zach A Davis, 254-897-2809 Reprinted from AgriLife Today COLLEGE STATION – It’s been a tough 2017 so far for juniper and cypress varieties used in landscapes, as pests and diseases make the rounds, causing blight and tree die-offs. A line of Leyland Cypress trees in Dallas shows signs of blight. Dr. Kevin Ong, director of the Texas… Read More →

From the Gardener’s Kitchen

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Zucchini Bread 3 eggs 1 cup canola oil 2 cups sugar 2 cups finely chopped zucchini, not necessary to peel 1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained 2 tsp. vanilla 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans Add oil to beaten eggs. Beat in sugar. Stir in zucchini, pineapple and vanilla. Measure the dry ingredients together, and add gradually to first mixture, mixing well. Add the pecans last, stirring in gently…. Read More →