October 21, 2009

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  Pine bark beetles create havoc

Texas Forest Service

The little black bugs that infest pine trees each summer aren't that uncommon, but the havoc they are creating this year is, according to Texas Forest Service officials.

Texas Forest Service tree and pest experts report seeing a recent increase in the number of pine trees killed as a result of bark beetle attacks.

Pine bark beetles — which include engraver and black turpentine beetles — typically attack drought-stressed pine trees during hot and dry summer months.

When temperatures cool down and rain starts to fall, the attacks generally subside. But that doesn't mean your pine tree is out of the woods.

"Bark beetles are part of the natural process," said Mike Murphrey, southern pine beetle prevention forester with Texas Forest Service. "They can be devastating and it's impossible to know which — if any — of your pine trees will fall prey to the beetle until it's too late."

Engraver beetles, also known as Ips beetles, are small, brownish-black, cylindrical bugs that kill pines by feeding and laying eggs in the inner bark of the trees, according to Texas Forest Service Entomologist Joe Pase. And they seem to be causing most of the problems this year.

The beetles make a resurgence every year, though the attacks generally are scattered and involve only a few trees per infestation, Pase said. This year, however, the number of trees dying as a result of an attack is growing. The entomologist pointed to Hurricane Ike and the prolonged drought as two contributing factors, particularly in East Texas.

A tree won't live long after it has been attacked, Pase said, explaining that foliage can turn from green to yellow to red in less than a month. Nothing can be done to save a tree once all the pine needles have turned red.

"In a forest setting, their attack pattern tends to be scattered — killing a few trees here and a few trees there, but they're a more serious concern in a residential setting," Pase said, noting that the beetles can kill individual trees as well as groups of 10 or more trees. "When an infestation is found, it's impossible to predict where the next attacked tree will be. In fact, there may not even be any more trees attacked."

The best way to protect pines from the pests is simply to maintain healthy trees in your forest or yard, said Murphrey, who is leading workshops on the subject in November and December.

Homeowners should water trees during times of drought and avoid damaging tree roots, Pase said, noting that trees that die should be removed primarily for liability reasons. The case is different in a forest setting. Often nothing can be done for trees in the forest and cutting them down doesn't help stop the spread because of the scattered pattern of tree mortality.

"Recent rains have helped strengthen drought-stressed pine trees and cooler temperatures will slow pine engraver beetle activity," Pase said. "With that in mind, hopefully Ips beetle activity will diminish and that will be good news."

Landowners who own at least 10 acres of forestland can sign up for one of two Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Workshops put on by Texas Forest Service and sponsored by local county forest landowners associations.

Each workshop lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes classroom lectures in the morning and a field tour in the afternoon. Registration is $10 at the door and includes workshop materials, lunch, snacks and drinks.

The first workshop is set for Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Nutrition Center in the Tyler County Extension Office, 201 Veteran's Way, Ste. 102, Woodville, Texas.

For more information, call (409) 283-8284 or go online to http://tyler-tx.tamu.edu.

The second workshop is set for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at the Angelina County Extension Office, 2201 South Medford Drive, Lufkin, Texas. For more information, call (936) 632-8239 or go online to http://angelina-tx.tamu.edu.

To RSVP, contact Murphrey at (936) 639-8170 or mmurphrey@tfs.tamu.edu.

For more information about the beetles or to learn how to protect your trees from southern pine bark beetles, visit the Texas Forest Service Pest Management Insects page.

Cyclamen an alternative to pansies

By Joyce Block
Johnson County Master Gardener

The other day I was wondering around one of the big box garden centers and saw one of my favorite blooming plants, pink cyclamen. One reason that they are among my favorites is that the foliage has variegation in it of green and shades of gray. Sometimes the foliage is ruffled and the ruffled flowers range from bright red to a soft, muted pink.

>When I was working at a floral shop and needed to describe the bloom on the plant, I always said that it looks like an umbrella that lost a battle with the wind. The upward movement of the flower is unique. Another description is that of a butterfly’s wings in the upright position. The petals can be a solid color or bi-colored. The foliage is usually green and gray, in a heart shape.

Cyclamen can be grown from seed or bought as transplantable plants, like the ones I saw. They were in a 4-inch container, in bloom and ready to be planted. Cyclamen require a shady to morning-sun-only location and the soil should be rich and well drained. The plants are not drought or heat tolerant.

The Cyclamen plant is grown from a corm. When they are in a container, it is recommended that the water is done between the corm and the container. Outdoors, the recommendation is not to get water on the corm. If the plants are over-watered, they are susceptible to root and crown rot. Once the plants become dormant in the spring, the corms can be lifted out of the ground and stored in a cool, dry location during the summer and replanted in the fall.

Cyclamen, like pansies, love the cool weather, but will freeze if the temperature drops below 25 degrees F. If the temperatures reach that low, a frost cloth or a blanket to cover them will help to protect them from damage.

The Cyclamen that are available at the local florist are borderline for our winters here in North Texas. If you are planning on planting this alternative to pansies, make sure that they are hardy Cyclamen. Then they will bloom this winter for you.

May these tips help you enjoy the time in your garden.

Information included in this article is from Landscape Plants for Texas and Environs.


Gardening tips

Look for worms on the bottom sides of your broccoli leaves (cabbage, collards as well). If you have too many to destroy by hand, apply a Bt spray to both sides of the leaves. The worms will ingest this biological worm killer and eventually die. Bt is not toxic to pets or humans, just worms. If it rains after application, you will need to reapply this organic insecticide.

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Did You Know...

Cilantro is a cool season herb that can be planted now in pots on the patio and enjoyed in Mexican food, soups and other dishes throughout the winter months.  There is nothing better than a pot of pinto beans slow cooked with a few sprigs of cilantro and served with a platter of homemade corn bread on a cold December day.

Upcoming garden events

Wimberley: The Hill Country Unit of the Herb Society of America will present their Second Annual National Herb Day Celebration at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church, 956 FM 2325, Wimberley, Friday, October 23, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The $18.00 admission includes Culinary Lunch prepared by members from their favorite herbal recipes. Coffee, tea and muffins served before lunch. Saundra Winokur, owner of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Elmendorf, will speak on “Olive Oil from the Kitchen to the Spa.” A silent auction will be held and winners announced after the program. Herbal products, including wreaths, aprons and baskets, will be for sale in the Gift Shop. For reservations contact Barbara Rawson at (512) 847-0521 or bnrawson@verizon.net. For further information, contact Anna Fisher at foxlady@gvtc.com.

Alvarado: The Johnson County Junior Gardener Program will host "The History of Gourds" from 11 a.m. until noon, Saturday, October 24, and the Alvarado Public Library, 210 North Baugh, Alvarado. Space is limited for this free event, so place call to register your child. To register or for more information, call Pat Kriener at (817) 793-4625.

Dallas: The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program – Tour of Private Gardens in Dallas will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, October 24. Enjoy a self-guided tour of five private gardens. No reservations required; rain or shine. Cost: $5 per garden; children under 12 free. For more information, visit www.opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442. For descriptions of participating gardens, visit http://www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays/events.pl?ID=255&SortBy=&State=.

San Antonio: This year’s annual BOOtanica! Fall Festival at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue, brings families together to celebrate the traditions of Halloween and the excitement of fall gardening. This full day of activities planned for Sunday, October 25, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. is co-sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension and Bexar County Master Gardeners. With fall a great time to plant, shop for gorgeous San Antonio-friendly plants cultivated by Botanical Society volunteers at the Garden. Volunteers will be available to provide information and answer questions. There’s something for everyone at the Bootanica! Fall Festival. Kids will love wearing their costume to participate in the following spooktacular activities: Monster Plant Obstacle Course; Crafts: Pumpkin Decorating, a Carnivorous Plant Craft, Pot up a Flower Craft; Face Painting; Gak Slime with the Schulz Nursery; Storytelling (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) by the San Antonio Storytellers Association; and the Costume Parade (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). The entire family will enjoy an array of demonstrations and displays: Master Gardener Information Booth & Giant Pumpkin Raffle; Butterfly Tent & Monarch Tagging Demonstration (Monarch Release at 2 p.m.); Live Tarantula Table with Extension Entomologist Molly Keck; Creepy, Crawly Cabin Display with the Alamo Area Master Naturalists; Haunted House of Plants with the TAMUKSA Biology Club; All About Snakes! with the South Texas Herpetology Society; Audubon Society Display about Fall Migrating Birds; and Schultze House Gift Shop. Also be sure to see the Big Bugs exhibit — 10 gargantuan bugs made entirely from natural materials — located throughout the Garden. Imagine 25-foot long giant ants marching across the concert lawn or a spider hanging on a 12-foot wide web near the East Texas lake! There is no additional charge to view this exhibit which is on display through December. BOOtanica! activities are free with paid admission. Garden admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-13, $5 for students, seniors and military. San Antonio Botanical Society members enjoy free admission. Group rates for parties of 15 or more are available. For more information, visit www.sabot.org.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present “Gardening and Grilling with Herbs,” with Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs, and Chef Chris Crowder, at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 25. Learn how to enhance grilling recipes with fresh herbs from the garden, and receive tips on growing the featured herbs. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

San Antonio: The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and The Antique Rose Emporium will co-sponsor rainwater harvesting workshops on October 26 and 27. The workshops will be held at The Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 East Evans Rd., San Antonio. The Oct. 26 workshop, which runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will focus on rainwater collection for the home. The Oct. 27 workshop, which will take place from 9:30 a.m.-noon, will focus on rainwater collection for use on landscapes and for wildlife. “Now that we’ve received some rain recently, it’s a good reminder and a perfect time for people to be thinking about rainwater capturing systems for their home to help conserve water,” said Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent for natural resources in Bexar County and a workshop presenter. Both workshops will include a presentation by Billy Kniffen of Menard County, an AgriLife Extension program specialist and respected expert on rainwater harvesting. Kniffen has built rainwater harvesting systems to capture and store water for all potable and non-potable uses for his home and surrounding property. He also has provided technical assistance toward building other systems at several community locations across the state. The first workshop will show homeowners different types of rainwater systems for capturing water and using it for potable and non-potable purposes in the home. The second will show how to collect and store rainwater to irrigate trees, lawns, gardens and landscapes, and to provide drinking water for wildlife. The Oct. 27 workshop also will include a presentation on drought management and landscape recovery by David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County. The cost for each workshop is $5. Participants are requested to RSVP by Oct. 23 to Annette Pawelek at the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County, (210) 467-6575.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present “Attracting Bluebirds to the Southern Garden.” led by Linda Crum, Texas Master Naturalist, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 27. Attracting Bluebirds can be easy. Learn their habitats and nesting habits and how to protect them with this popular presentation For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

College Station: Dr. Michael P. Parrella will be the Distinguished Lecturer for the 7th Ellison Chair in International Floriculture Distinguished Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. Parrella is professor of entomology and associate dean for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California-Davis. His topic will be "An International Perspective on Sustainable Production in Greenhouses." The event, on October 28, will begin with a reception at 2:30 p.m. in the Horticulture and Forest Science Building atrium. His address will begin at 3 p.m. in Room 102 there. The Distinguished Floriculture Lecture Series is sponsored by the Texas A&M horticultural sciences department's Ellison Chair in International Floriculture. Parrella’s talk will be co-hosted by the Texas A&M entomology department, as much of his research has focused on integrated pest management strategies on ornamental plants with an emphasis on biological control. He obtained a bachelor's degree in animal science from Rutgers University and his master's and doctoral degrees in entomology, both from Virginia Tech University. For more information about the Distinguished Lecture in International Floriculture, see http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/lectures.html.

Austin: Learn which bulb varieties are best for the Austin area, Friday, October 30, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Demonstration Garden at Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 "B" Smith Rd., Austin. Learn bulb requirements and planting methods to enhance your success with bulbs. This is a hands-on event. This free event is sponsored by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association. For additional information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Austin: "Limestone & Water" — Four garden design experts share their experience with innovative design in a hot climate from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Saturday, October 31, at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin. Seminar speakers include Stephen Orr, Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden, and Dylan Crain Robertson. Co-sponsored by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, University of Texas at Austin. Cost: $75 general admission; $65 Garden Conservancy/Wildflower Center members; $40 students. To register, visit www.gardenconservancy.org or call The Garden Conservancy’s West Coast Program Office, 415-441-4300. For more information, visit http://www.gardenconservancy.org/events.pl?ID=285.

Kingsland: Learn to make beautiful flower arrangements at a class on "Principles of Floral Design" with Barbara Braunns at a free presentation by the Kingsland Garden Club on Friday, November 6 at 1:15 p.m. at the Kingsland Library, 125 W. Polk, Kingsland. Visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/kgc.aspx for more information.

Uvalde: The Texas Pomegranate Growers Cooperative, in conjunction with Texas AgriLife, will hold the first Texas pomegranate tasting from noon until 2 p.m., Friday, November 6, in the auditorium of the Texas AgriLife Research Station, 1619 Garner Field Road, Uvalde. The fruit of different pomegranate cultivars from around the world will be available for tasting. The fruit tasted is being grown in Texas, at the Uvalde and Pecos AgriLife stations and by TPGC members. Dr. Larry Stein is the advisor for the event. For additional information, contact Richard Ashton at bwoodtx@verizon.net or (325) 646-6857.

Waco: World Hunger Relief, Inc., will host its Fall Farm Day Festival from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, November 7, at 356 Spring Lake Road, Waco. There will be farm-fresh food, tours of the farm, hayrides and demonstrations. Plants, grass-fed meat and seeds will be available for sale. Directions: From Waco, go north of I-35. Take Exit 342B and follow the signs to World Hunger Relief Farm. For additional information, call (254) 799-5611 or email info@worldhungerrelief.org.

Austin: Learn to plant cool season vegetables with the Travis County Master Gardeners Association, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday, November 13, at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Office Demonstration Garden, 1600 "B" Smith Road, Austin. Learn how to plant seeds, which seeds need soaking, and proper transplanting methods. Planting using the square foot method and straight rows will be discussed during this hands-on session. For additional information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

San Antonio: The Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Council will host the third statewide conference on invasive species, November 13 and 14, at Trinity University in San Antonio. The 2009 conference will be a professional-level meeting including keynotes, concurrent sessions, posters, field trips and symposia. This conference is designed to serve scientists, land managers, state and federal agents, local governments, the green industry, and other professionals interested in invasive species issues in Texas. To register or to learn more about the conference program, call for papers, abstract submissions, or sponsors and exhibitors, visit the 2009 Conference Web site at www.texasinvasives.org.

Burnet: Join Master Gardener Sheryl Yantis for a free class on "Principles of Landscape Design Featuring Hill Country Gardens" in a Highland Lakes Master Gardener Green Thumb Program on Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. at the Herman Brown Free Library on the Town Square in Downtown Burnet. Visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/greenthumb.aspx for more information.

Houston: Urban Harvest's annual fruit tree sale will take place from 8 a.m. until noon, January 9, at the Rice University Football Station Concourse, Houston. The 2009 sale featured almost 6,000 trees and berries and the organizers except even more tree for this sale. For additional information, visit www.urbanharvest.org.

New Braunfels: Comal Master Gardeners are now accepting applications for their Spring 2010 Training Class beginning January 27 and ending May 12. Applications are currently on the Comal Master Gardener Web site at: http://mastergardener.comal.tx.us. Applications will be accepted until December 15; however, the class is limited to 30 people and applications are accepted in the order they are received. The class usually fills to capacity, so early registration is important. The class meets each Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning January 27. The cost of the 16-week course is $150 and includes the Master Gardener Handbook published by Texas A&M, propagation supplies, and all other materials. The $150 is payable on the first class day in January. Topics covered in the class include Plant Growth and Development; Compost, Soils, Irrigation, and Fertilizers; Roses; Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs; Organic Vegetable Gardening; Landscape Trees; Propagation; Fruit and Nut Production; Wildscapes and Native Plants; Pests and Diseases; Xeriscapes; Turf Grass; Home Landscapes and more. Speakers include professors from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System; Texas State University faculty and retired professors, specialists in the gardening field, and Master Gardener specialists. For additional information, call (830) 620-3440 or email askamastergardener@co.comal.tx.us. Classes are held at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 325 Resource Drive, New Braunfels.

Houston: The River Oaks Garden Club will host the 75th Anniversary Azalea Trail. March 5, 6, and 7. Azalea Trail features tours of four private homes and three well-known historic sites: Bayou Bend, Rienzi and River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics Building and Gardens. Tickets for seven admissions: $15 before March 1, $20 during the event, or $5 per location. For additional information, visit www.riveroaksgardenclub.org or call (713) 523-2483.


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.

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners meet at the Salvation Army in Orange on the first Thursday of each month. A covered-dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. is followed by a speaker and business meeting at 7 p.m.

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 except July and August at the library, 798 Schertz Parkway, Shertz. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7 p.m. 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.

Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office, 1225 Pearl Street, Suite 200, Beaumont. For more information, call (409) 835-8461.

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.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. Georgetown. For additional information, contract Billye Adams at (512) 863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

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.

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener Association meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 556-6370 or visit http://www.jcmga.org/.

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 at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month,  except December, at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. An educational program preceeds the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For topic or other information, call (830) 379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

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.

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Fiber row cover valuable year-round

Grow-Web encourages plant growth and development, and also provides protection from insects, birds, diseases and frosts. It is also air and water permeable and allows for ventilation. Grow-Web provides excellent protection to seedlings when applied directly to the seedbed.

$30.64 per 12.3’ x 32.8’ roll (includes shipping!)

Order by calling 1-800-727-9020 or order on-line.

(Discover, MasterCard and Visa accepted.)

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