May 20, 2009

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HGTV may be looking for you

Home & Garden Television’s (HGTV) Bang for Your Buck is returning for a second season and is looking for fun and enthusiastic homeowners in the greater Austin area who have recently renovated their outdoor living area. Renovations must have taken place recently (no more than 3 years ago).

Each episode will tour three similar remodels at similar price points in the same city. Bang for Your Buck brings in their design expert and real estate expert to determine how the renovation impacts each home’s value. They will also provide viewers with expert advice, answers on remodeling values, and inspiring ideas for design.

Taping will begin shortly, so if you’re interested, apply immediately. Before and after photos and price point information must be submitted by Friday, June 19, by emailing: stinsley@highnoonentertainment.com or by calling Sarah Tinsley at (303) 712-3315.

Bang For Your Buck is produced for HGTV by High Noon Entertainment in Centennial, CO.


More than 10,000 Galveston trees could come down due to Hurricane Ike storm surge

Texas Forest Service

Preliminary results from a Texas Forest Service assessment of storm-damaged trees in Galveston show that roughly half of the island's trees may need to be removed.

An estimated 10,840 of the 21,874 trees in the city's public right of way were determined to have less than 50 percent of their leaves, meaning they are dead or likely to die. The cost to remove eligible trees that are larger than six inches in diameter is expected to be upwards of $706,180.

Another 3,254 smaller trees also may have to be removed, as well as more than 31,000 private trees. Removal costs for those trees are not included in the cost estimate.

"This is a serious problem that deserves immediate and ongoing attention," said Texas Forest Service Urban Forestry Partnership Coordinator Pete Smith, who joined with Bayou Region Urban Forestry Coordinator Mickey Merritt to lead the assessment.

"When half the trees in a city the size of Galveston are dead or dying, it's going to be a serious risk to the public until efforts are made to remove those trees."

Texas Forest Service has been working with Galveston city officials since the massive Hurricane Ike slammed ashore last fall, destroying homes and businesses and stranding the trees that didn't topple in a salty storm surge.

Foresters surveyed the tree damage during an initial visit and developed a treatment plan they hoped would leach away the salt soaked up by the trees' roots. They organized a second assessment after seeing few signs of new growth during a return trip in March.

The second survey was conducted April 21 and 22 and focused on a five-percent, random sample of street segments. Texas Forest Service partnered with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Galveston County and Master Gardener volunteers for the assessment.

Working in randomly-selected blocks, foresters spent two days leading teams of volunteers — each clad in an orange safety vest — along the island's streets.

The groups noted the status of trees planted in the public right of way, as well as those that were visibly dead on adjoining private property. They also noted how much room was available for the planting of new trees.

In some areas, trees and bushes were green and lush. But in others — particularly the East End Historical District, where many trees were a century old — the bare branches of once-majestic live oaks formed shadeless canopies over the road.

"I'm doing it for the people of Galveston," Master Gardener volunteer Sandra Devall, who lives on the mainland and works for the county extension office, said as she walked down a street with her clipboard. "They're just beside themselves. They don't even know what to do."

All total, the teams walked 9.5 miles of street segments in an area bound by Seawall and Harborside boulevards, Ferry Road and 83rd Street. A preliminary report detailing their findings was provided to the city on April 24.

Smith warned that removal costs still could increase. Not all of the trees with more than half their leaves were in great shape. Some may not survive, which means they, too, may have to come down at some point.

"Over the next three to six months, we'll need to deal with the safety issue of dead, dying and decaying trees," said Smith, who is working on a final report for the city. "At some point in the near future, this becomes standing debris. But it won't be standing forever."


Irrigation study to examine 'smart' home irrigation units

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

New "smart sensor” irrigation technologies hold the promise of preventing over-watering of home lawns, athletic fields and public parks, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Over-watering not only wastes water, energy and money, it may also encourage several turf diseases and cause nutrient leaching and runoff, said Dr. Karl Steddom, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist.

A new study, conducted by Steddom and Dr. Lloyd Nelson, ryegrass breeder with Texas AgriLife Research, will compare the effectiveness of different irrigation systems.

Steddom and Nelson are conducting the study at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton in East Texas. The East Texas Irrigators Association is cooperating with the study.

"Water conservation is a big issue in Texas," Steddom said. "Legislation is coming that will require professional turf grass managers — and eventually homeowners too — to install smarter irrigation systems."

Though the study is being done in East Texas, the results should be applicable to much of the state, Steddom said.

"Turf irrigation demands in East Texas are highly variable," he said. "Our sandy soils and intermittent rainfall patterns result in frequent fluctuations between periods of low water demand and high water demand. This makes this location an ideal or 'worst case scenario' to evaluate these new approaches to irrigation scheduling."

Nelson, who has developed and released several successful turf grass varieties, including Axcella, Axcella 2 and Panterra, said there is a real need for data on water usage by cool-season grasses.

"We (typically) overseed ryegrass in the fall, and it's water-intensive," Nelson said. "We're particularly interested in the moisture requirements of the ryegrass during the colder winter months. We'd like to see how little water we can apply to an overseeded lawn and still maintain a high-quality lawn."

Todd Magatagan, past president of the East Texas Irrigators Association, said professional landscapers and irrigation installers are some of the most important stakeholders in the research. As smart controllers become more widely used, it will be the commercial installers like himself who will need to know which products and technologies prove to be the most reliable for customers.

"We're in phase one of this project," Magatagan said. "Phase one creates a baseline, but phase two will run actual products that are on the market and give us an independent testing method where this type of intelligent controller or this one works better."

Phase one of the study will have four treatments. One treatment will be timed irrigation units, which are the most common type installed in home lawns today. With timed units, sprinklers are turned on for a set time. In the irrigation study, the sprinklers will be turned on for 15 minutes every other day, providing approximately 0.3 inches of water.

In the second treatment of phase one, a timed system is used identical to the first, except if there is a substantial rain, the system won't turn on for a couple of days. This is also a common home setup, Steddom said.

The third treatment will utilize a system that has sensors to measure soil moisture. When and how much water is applied will depend upon soil moisture readings from 2-8 inches deep.

The fourth treatment is the most sophisticated, said Steddom and Magatagan. Irrigation applications are based on evaportransporation determined by the center's research-grade weather station. The automated weather station takes multiple measurements of humidity, temperature, solar intensity and wind speed to estimate how much moisture is lost daily. Combined with rainfall records, a formula is used to determine how much moisture will need to be applied.

All test plots will use St. Augustine grass overseeded with ryegrass in the winter. Actual water use will be recorded, as will soil nutrient levels, to determine leaching from over-watering. Also, Steddom will keep a close eye on any turf grass disease problems, he said.

The second phase of the study will compare commercial smart-irrigation systems.

In commercial sysyems, the sophistication of off-the-shelf smart controllers ranges from those that try to estimate evapotransporation to those that actually measure soil moisture, Magatagan said.

"The number of (commercially available) smart controllers is growing every year," Magatagan said. "(At this time) we expect to be testing about a dozen smart-controller systems."

Manufacturers of smart-controller systems who want to know if their systems are among those being tested may contact Magatagan at (903) 445-5151 or LVATM@earthlink.net.

East Texas Irrigators Association completed installation of the test plots at their expense and paid for the maintenance of the scientific weather station that calculates evapotranspiration. A grant from the Texas Turf Research, Extension and Education Endowment paid for the sensors, equipment and water meters. The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association also helped fund the project, Steddom said.

Results from phase one should be available in early 2010; phase two results in late 2010 or early 2011, Steddom said.

Magatagan emphasized that learning which systems work better is not only good business, it makes environmental sense.

"Watering with smart-controller systems can save up to 50 percent of water used," he said.



Container-grown cucumbers need something sturdy to grow on or they will take over your porch or patio.


Choose large containers for your tomato plants. The five-gallon container on the left is too small.

Gardening tips

By Chris S. Corby
Publisher

Vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers can be grown successfully in containers but be sure to use large containers like the size nursery folks use for growing trees — at least 15 gallons. Small containers allow the soil to dry out between waterings and cause problems like blossom end rot and stress that reduces production. Be sure to provide substantial support to your container veggies such as the concrete reinforcement wire cage shown in the accompanying photo. Of course, you will need to mulch and keep your container plants watered regularly if you want a successful crop.

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Did You Know...

Like the lyrics from the 60’s musical “Hair” say, “give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair…” except I say give me a garden with hair and lots of it. Hair has a high nitrogen content and is an excellent addition to the garden or the compost pile. Six to seven pounds of hair contains a pound of nitrogen. That is as much as 100 to 200 pounds of manure. So, the next time you visit the barber ask for a “Doggy Bag.”


Upcoming garden events

Greenville: The Hunt County Master Gardeners Town and Country Tour will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. May 30 at Heritage Garden, 2217 Washington St., Greenville. In the event of rain, the event will be held June 6. For additional information, visit www.huntcountymastergardeners.com or call (903) 455-9885.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Rainwater Harvesting," a seminar presented by Karen Ivey, Administrator, San Patricio Municipal Water District, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 1.m., Saturday, June 6, at the Old Rockport School,, 619 N. Live Oak, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Essentials for Building a Trellis, Arbor and Raised Beds," Noon-1 p.m., June 8, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Ed Gregurek will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Austin: Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Rainwater Harvesting for Your Garden," Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. until noon at Riverplace Country Club, 4207 River Place Blvd., Austin. Enjoy a free seminar concentrating on capturing rainwater and lowering water usage in your landscape. This session will teach you all the basics on building a non-potable rainwater harvesting system. In addition, learn about rain gardens which capture valuable rainwater in your landscape. Vendors representing tank and gutter companies will be available to answer specific questions. City of Austin representatives will be available to answer permit and rebate questions. This seminar is free and open to the public and does not require reservations. For more details, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association are hosting "Becoming A Garden Detective: Diagnosing Plant Problems," from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., June 16, at Steiner Ranch Towne Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane, Austin. Just when you think you've done everything right by your plants, one of them starts to go downhill. One of the biggest challenges for gardeners is correctly diagnosing plant problems and finding effective, safe solutions. Is your plant dying because of an insect, environmental or disease problem? Learn the causes of plant problems, the process for diagnosing plant problems, and preventive garden management techniques. This class is free and open to the public. A plant clinic will run during the seminar to help you diagnose current problems so please bring samples of problem plants. For more information, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Weeds to Watch For," presented by Lonnie Matthew, Master Gardener, as one of their Brown Bag events, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, at the Aransas County Library, 701 Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Quitman: The Friends of the Arboretum is hosting a photography contest to promote and document the natural resources, history and beauty of Wood County. Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to participate in this contest. Photographers are to submit electronic images of flowers, native plants, landmarks, architectural elements, and landscapes that depict one of the four seasons in Wood County. Images must have been taken within Wood County, and within the last two years. These photographs will be used by the Friends of the Arboretum various print and electronic media to be distributed at various venues and displayed on the Friends' website. First prize winners in each class will receive a professionally printed 11 X 14 canvas of their original work, which will be donated by jeb Originals in Winnsboro. Second and third place winners will each receive a ribbon. And, all prize winners will receive recognition from the display of their work in various venues and forums. Classes are: Adult Amateur, Adult Professional, Student Senior Division (Ages 17 to 14), and Student Jr. Division (age 13 and younger). There is no entry fee, but all entries must be accompanied by the completed official entry form, which can be downloaded at http://woodcountyarboretum.com. Entries must be received prior to midnight on July 1. Contestants may enter as many times as they wish, but a separate official entry form must be included for each entry. The Gov. Hogg Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, located in Quitman, is a 23-acre site dedicated to gardens, walking trails and the preservation of historic buildings. The development of the site is ongoing with volunteer help from Wood County Master Gardens, local garden clubs, various civic organizations and the generosity of the area businesses. The Friends of the Arboretum is a non-profit group dedicated to raising funds and volunteering time in support of the development of the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. For additional information, contact Pam Riley at (903) 967-2820 or email friendsarboretum@yahoo.com.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Becoming A Garden Detective: Diagnosing Plant Problems" from 10 a.m. until noon, July 11, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. Just when you think you've done everything right by your plants, one of them starts to go downhill. One of the biggest challenges for gardeners is correctly diagnosing plant problems and finding effective, safe solutions. Is your plant dying because of an insect, environmental or disease problem? Join us to learn the causes of plant problems, the process for diagnosing plant problems, and preventive garden management techniques. This class is free and open to the public. A plant clinic will run during the seminar to help you diagnose current problems so please bring samples of problem plants. For more details, see http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Water Gardening," Noon- 1p.m., July 13, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Pat Plowman will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Austin: The Austin Pond Society will host the 2009 Pound Tour July 18 and 19. Approximately 15 ponds will be included in the tour on Saturday and another 15 on Sunday. For additional information, visit www.austinpondsociety.org.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Xeriscape Gardening with Native Plants," presented by Karen Ivey, Administrator, San Patricio Municipal Water District, as one of their Brown Bag events, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, at the Aransas County Library, 701 Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Mulching, Composting and Water Conservation," Noon-1 p.m., August 10, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Monica Pilat will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Schertz: The next Guadalupe County Master Gardener training class is for anyone with a love for gardening and a desire to learn more about horticulture. Classes are on Wednesday August 12 to December 9th from 6:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. and two Saturdays at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. Instructors include Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff and local experts, including Malcolm Beck, Patty Leander and Drs. Larry Stein and Mark Black. Topics include botany and plant growth, entomology, Xeriscaping, propagation, herbs and vegetables, tree care and pruning principles, composting and organic horticulture, water conservation and much more. Registration is $170 with a 10% discount if received by June 10, and $125 for 2nd household member if sharing a handbook. Payment plan also available. For more information, an application and a list of speakers, please email gsammermann@gvec.net or call (830) 372-4690. Applications are also available on our Web site at www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners meets at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office - Aransas County, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Wildwood Eco-Farm in Kilgore. For more information, call Carole Ramke at (903) 986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.main.org/aog.

Pearland: The second Tuesday of each month the Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold a free evening educational program for the public, called the Green Thumb Series, at Bass Pro Shop, Highway 288 at Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. For more information visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu or call (281) 991-8437.

Schertz: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Guadalupe County Annex, 1101 Elbel Road, Shertz. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7. For additional information or an application to join NPSOT, contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month, with the exceptions of June and July, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation, meets at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport at 10 a.m. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda (361) 729-6037, Ruth (361) 729-8923 or Cindy (979) 562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.com.

Brownwood: Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Thursday of each month, from Noon to 1 p.m., at the Brown County AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk, Brownwood. For additional information, call Freda Day (325) 643-1077, or Mary Engle (325) 784-8453.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Circle Rooms, College Station Professional Building II, 1651 Rock Prairie Road, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation topics, and more. For more information, visit www.sallysfamilyplace.com/Clubs/GardenClub.htm.

Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member’s homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call (940) 382-8551.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call (254) 897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardener.org.

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call (281) 341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak at 7 p.m. For more information, phone (830) 379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Longview: The Northeast Texas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the third Thursday of each month at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Longview. For more information, call Logan Damewood at (903) 295-1984.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (361) 782-3312.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information, call (817) 274-8460.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Fretz Park Recreation Center, located at the corner of Hillcrest and Beltline Road in Dallas. For more information, call (214) 824-2448 or visit www.dogc.org.

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at (817) 483-7746.

If you would like your organization’s events included in "Upcoming Garden Events," please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event.


The Southern Kitchen Garden

By William D. Adams and Thomas R. Leroy

A kitchen garden, or potager, is a celebration of the seasons: brimming with vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruit trees, it’s our link with nature and a source for fresh produce. The kitchen garden has always been an important part of life in the rural South, at times meaning the difference between being well-fed or going to bed hungry. In recent times, the kitchen garden has become more fashionable and now more and more homeowners are reaping the delicious rewards of growing their own food.

A kitchen garden needs little more than a small raised bed, so an aspiring gardener with only a modest backyard will have plenty of room to get started. If you have more space on your hands, then you can include some produce requiring a little more space like fruit trees, corn or pumpkins.

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