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Poinsettia bloomDecember: ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, Thoughtful, and Contemplative

Commemorate and celebrate December’s religious and cultural holidays with indoor plants.

According to Doug Welsh, retired Professor and Extension Horticulturist, the most popular plants during this season are Poinsettia, Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus, Rosemary Topiaries, Pine Topiaries, Norfolk Island Pine, and Cyclamen.  And, don’t throw away Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus, and Poinsettia after they bloom.  You can persuade them to rebloom — just ask a Master Gardener how to do it.

Need a Holiday Gift for a Gardener (or Gardener Wannabe)?

Gardening books and magazines might be a welcome gift, especially if the publication is directed to our growing region.  These gifts provide timely articles and tips and are readily available.  Equipment and tools might be a welcome gift, too.  Think gloves (you can never have enough pairs), good quality pruning tools, and ergonomically designed planting tools.  Other gift ideas you might explore are accessories for the garden (bird feeders or baths for instance); although a bit difficult to wrap a shade or fruit tree; or a gift card to a favored local nursery or garden center.

Start Your Garden New Year’s Resolution List

Whether it be to water the lawn only when it needs it, mulch all the beds and vegetable garden, not commit “crape murder”, and one new feature to your garden or landscape, now is the time to think about it.

Read the December Guadalupe Gardener to see what’s up in Guadalupe County this month, a recap of last month’s activities with photos, and what you can expect in the future.

 

Dorothy and Toto from Wizard of Oz MovieThere’s No Place Like Home!

The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners are back “home” in the newly renovated AgriLife Extension Office at 210 E. Live Oak in Seguin.  The remodeled facility includes an expanded meeting room, more functional floor plan, and greatly improved accessibility for those with physical handicaps.  The space is clean, bright, and ever so handsome.  Come see us!

Attention Guadalupe County Master Gardeners:  Get to Know VMS!

two men shaking handsMany 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!!!!!!

 

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.