Time to Fall Into Gardening
Fall 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.
Read 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!
Many 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!!!!
Tune 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!!!!!!