FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Our last three membership meetings have been “Standing room only” with exciting speakers and lots of energy!!
Ellen Laubhan promises to continue inviting experienced speakers on the popular topics which you have suggested I apologize for the lack of seating but look forward to our “new and improved” Extension meeting room. Remodeling of the AgriLife Building is under way.
Guadalupe County Master Gardeners made significant contributions to all phases of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo (page 8) again this year. Even with our substantial help, there were many vacant positions during all of you who volunteered your time and effort. Hopefully you found the experience rewarding.
Your Board was delighted to receive Ellen’s report of the membership survey results. We appreciate the number of members who responded and the thought you put into your comments. Your Board held a “Special” meeting on February 27th to consider your recommendations on improving our business meetings. I believe in trying new ideas and continuous improvement of our GCMG Association
Our March 20th business meeting will include an open discussion of this topic. I hope you will give this subject some more thought and share your ideas. So if you’re not delighted with our business meeting format, this is a meeting you don’t want to miss! Bob Teweles
Our new 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.
Did you prune and tend to your roses, feed your iris in February!
February is the month to lay the groundwork for this year’s garden–especially roses.
Despite the recent bouts of unusually bitterly cold weather, we will soon be seeing hints of spring. February is the time to tend to your roses, feed the iris, and sharpen all your pruning tools. If you’ve been thinking about a installing a drip irrigation system, now is the time.
If your live oak trees need pruning, do it immediately! For other pruning initiatives, remember that this region’s average last freeze date is March 15. Pruning is best done just before spring growth. Don’t be seduced by a warm sunny day and prune too early. If you are eager to get freeze/frost sensitive plants in the ground, be prepared to protect them during that one last round of freezing weather. Treat all cuts after pruning.
Our Guest Speaker in February was wonderful topic: “Growing Tomatoes: How, When, Where, and Why,” by Keith Amelung. Mr. Amelung is a frequent presenter on vegetable gardening and growing tomatoes for the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, as well as to other groups, and is owner of Texas Heirloom Tomatoes in Boerne. Visitors are always welcome. Join us at the Guadalupe County Justice Center, 211 W. Court, Seguin.
The New Year is time for reflection, time to look forward, and a time for resolutions. The February edition of the Guadalupe Gardener includes articles on all these perspectives.
Read about the history and take a photo tour of the Guadalupe Community Garden, the AgriLife Extension Office demonstration garden, as well as some background on the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners association. Take advantage of all the timely educational opportunities to make your landscape and garden thrive. Resolve to help with the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, resolve to fill a vacant service slot, and please resolve to report your hours monthly. Mark your calendar to attend our February 20 membership meeting and learn the “how, when, where,and why ” of growing the best tomatoes ever…and applaud the 80 members receiving service recognition pins. With the New Year, the newsletter introduces a new column, Down the Garden Path. To get all the details, you must read both parts of the February Guadalupe Gardener (there’s so much information that it had to be posted in two parts.)
New Requirement: Annual Volunteer Agreement. Complete and Return… Now!
“State” TMGA has decreed that every Texas Master Gardener must sign a “Volunteer Agreement” annually. If you haven’t completed your 2014 Texas Master Gardener Volunteer Agreement, please do so during February. The form will be available at the February meeting and is also available on the website: Here’s the link to the form, under “Member News You Can Use”, Volunteer Agreement Form 2014.
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!!!!!!
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.