Time for a Slower Pace in the Garden? Maybe…

…there are still some gardening tasks that will pay off in the garden.

red and brown fall leavesFertilize and water cool-season annuals.  Their ability to take the cold weather depends on energy and water.  At this time of year, water-soluble fertilizers may be more readily available to the plants than granular products.

If winter weeds are sprouting in the landscape, mulch is the most effective way to keep them in check.  Hoe or pull larger weeds. If winter weeds are sprouting in the lawn, mowing is the most effective way to keep them in check.

Water lawns, landscape plantings, vegetable garden, and fruit plantings if the ground is dry and a freeze is predicted (mid- to late-November in our region).  Water at least once in November in the absence of significant rain to prevent freeze damage.

Want to know what to do with all the tree leaves that are falling? Mow them, shred them, mulch with them, or compost them.

If you see the fungal disease brown patch in your St. Augustine lawn, ignore it.  It is too late to apply a fungicide treatment; however, mark your calendar in February to treat the lawn area to prevent brown patch in the spring.

A time to give thanks.

Texas Star grapefruit halvesChallenge yourself to use Texas-grown vegetables, fruits, and nuts at your Thanksgiving meal.  Think cabbage, carrots, onions, pecans, squash, sweet potatoes–and more.  And, don’t forget Texas-grown grapefruit.  There is no place that produces higher quality grapefruit than Texas.  Eat all that you can.  The harvest lasts only three months.

Read the November Guadalupe Gardener to see what’s up in Guadalupe County this month, as well as all that happened in our hoppin’ County in October. This issue is  also packed with gardening events and volunteer opportunities. 


Join us at our November meeting.  Visitors are always welcome!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 – 7:00 PM ; Guadalupe County Justice Center, 211 W. Court St. Program:  Nitrogen in the Landscape: Beyond Bluebonnets.  Our presenter is Dr. Kelly Lyons, asst. professor of biology at Trinity University, awarded a USDA grant to study links between invasive weeds and diverse native grasslands

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!!!!!!


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.