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Time to Fall Into Gardening 

kale growing in gardenFall in Texas lasts from the last 90°F day until the first killing freeze, according to Doug Welsh, professor and extension horticulturist at Texas A&M. For our region our first frost date averages November 24.  That means you have to act very quickly to plant “quick harvest” vegetables such as green beans and rashishes.  You can start planting cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, leaf lettuce, cabbage, kale, and spinach.

If you are planning to transplant a tree or shrub within your landscape this winter, know is the time to use a shovel to cut a circle around the plant so that it will generate new roots within the root-ball to be dug later in the winter.

Although too early to plant, it is time to be thinking about purchasing spring flowering bulbs while the nurseries and garden centers are stocked.  You can buy your bulbs now and hold them for a few months and plant when your soil cools off significantly.

It is also time to fertilize  your rosebushes to generate more growth and blooms.

bulldog wearing eyeglasses sleeping over a good novelRead the September Guadalupe Gardener to see what we’ve been doing and what we have planned.  The September 18th program topic is  The Nitty Gritty of Gardening: Soils, Water and Plant Nutrients.  Dr. Tom Harris is “The Hill Country Gardener”, Bexar Master Gardener specialist in at least six areas, Master Gardener of the Year, columnist, and instructor for the past 15 years.   Visitors are always welcome. Join us for networking at 6:30 pm at the Guadalupe County Justice Center, 211 W. Court St., in Seguin. Dr. Harris’ program begins at 7 pm.

 

Attention Guadalupe County Master Gardeners:  Get to Know VMS!

Photo of Things to Do ListMany items of specific interest to Guadalupe County Master Gardeners (volunteer and educational opportunities, Board and Membership Meeting Minutes) are in the process of transitioning to and being promoted on the on-line Volunteer Management System (VMS) launched last month. An explanation of VMS and a User’s Guide have been added to this website.  Highlight  the Members tab on the Home page.  The Master Gardeners – Reporting Volunteer and Continuing Educations Hours tab should appear below.  Highlight this tab and click the left mouse button.  When the MG – Reporting Volunteer and Continuing Education Hours tab is highlighted, a sub-tab should appear to the right, VMS User’s Guide.  Click on this tab for more details about VMS features.

Join the Master Gardeners Every Saturday on the Radio!!!!

Photo of Bob at the radioTune in to Compost Bob Grafe and the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners every Saturday morning at 9 am for the Lawn and Garden Show on KWED 1580 AM.  Bob and his guests talk about everything from Trees to Compost and take your calls to answer your gardening questions –just call the listener line, 830.372.1580.   If you don’t have an AM radio receiver convenient, you can tune in over the internet.  Just go to KWED’s website and tune in!!!!!!

 

Remember the Master Gardener Office Interim Location

Our interim location is at the Mary B. Erskine School in Seguin. It is at the corner of E. Krezdorn and N. River St. The school faces College Street but we will have access from Krezdorn Street. Signage for the Texas AgriLife Extension office is up on this back side of the school.

Contact Us!

Got a question about the Master Gardener Program or a gardening question? Have a gardening topic that you would like discussed on our weekly 9:05 am Saturday morning KWED 1580 AM radio show, send us a note — just click on “Contact Us” at the top of this page.
The Master Gardener of Guadalupe County is an educational and volunteer program offered by the AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System. It is open to people of all ages, regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, handicap or national origin. The program is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout the community. These goals are implemented through the training and employment of local volunteers known as Master Gardeners.