First CHES meeting for 2018 is scheduled.

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Our first CHES meeting for the new year is scheduled for Monday, February 26th at 6:30pm. The location for the meeting this time will be at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service office located at 1405 Texas Drive here in Glen Rose. Zachary Davis, Extension Agent for Somervell County will present a program  titled “Tree Care and Maintenance”.

Victory Gardens

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By Christine Morgan, ND, President, Somervell County Master Gardeners. What is a Victory Garden? As part of the war effort during World War II, the government rationed foods like sugar, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, meat and canned goods. Labor and transportation shortages made it hard to harvest and move fruits and vegetables to market. So, the government turned to its citizens and encouraged them to plant “Victory Gardens.” They wanted individuals to provide their own fruits and vegetables. Nearly 20 million Americans answered the call. They planted… Read More →

Gardening “To-Do” list for late February

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By Elaine Wilshusen, Somervell County Master Gardener If there are any fellow procrastinators like myself out there, now is the time for us all to get busy. The extended cold weather has hopefully given us a couple of extra weeks to get things in order before spring arrives. 1. Get your plum and peach trees pruned. Shape to an open center and encourage horizontal branching as vertical branches tend to be weak. Keep your fruit trees at a height easy for you to to harvest without using a… Read More →

Simple Strawberries Romanoff

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Produce departments will be brimming with strawberries this month to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Here is a super simple recipe for Strawberries Romanoff that is so quick and delicious, (and almost guilt-free), you may find yourself indulging often! 1 pint strawberries 1/2 cup sour cream 2 Tbsp brown sugar Splash of brandy or 1/8 tsp vanilla extract (optional) Mix sour cream, brown sugar and optional flavorings in a small bowl. Place in refrigerator and allow flavors to blend while preparing strawberries. Wash, hull, and pat strawberries dry. You may… Read More →

Watch for CHES Meetings in 2018!!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 →