April 21, 2010

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Mike deAnda runs a water test on a low-volume sprayer at the Texas A&M-Kingsville University Citrus Center at Weslaco. (Photo courtesy of Texas AgriLife Extension Service)

 
Arsenal grows to battle Asian citrus psyllids in Texas

By Rod Santa Ana
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Citrus growers in South Texas now have a second product to to apply using low-volume sprayers against Asian citrus psyllids, insects that spread the deadly citrus greening disease, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service citrus specialist in Weslaco.

“A product called Danitol has recently been labeled for low-volume use in Texas,” said Dr. Julian Sauls.

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s approval to use Danitol at low-volume sprays gives growers a second option since Malathion 5 has been available at low doses for some time, Sauls said.

“Applying insecticides at low volume is very important in controlling psyllids because of their very rapid movement,” said Dr. Mamoudou Setamou, a citrus entomologist at the Texas A&M-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco.

“At low volumes, a grove can be completely sprayed in a relatively short period of time, giving psyllids very little time to move out of harm’s way,” he said. “When a product is applied at high volumes, it takes a lot of time and energy, enough time for psyllids to move to another part of the grove where perhaps the effect of the insecticide has already worn off.”

Danitol also is another weapon in the effort to fend off citrus greening in Texas, also known as Huanglongbing, a bacterial disease that has devastated citrus production areas throughout the world.

Dr. John da Graca, director of the Citrus Center, said the consequences of citrus greening are disastrous.

“Many immature fruit fall off the infected trees, while remaining fruit are lopsided, remain partially green (thus the name greening) and taste bitter,” he said. “Symptoms spread throughout a tree which slowly declines and can eventually die.”

The disease has been devastating for the Florida citrus industry, where more than one million trees have been removed as part of the effort to control it, da Graca said. It has since been found in dooryard trees in Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina.

Prevalent in Cuba, it has also been found in several states in Mexico.

“The Texas citrus industry in South Texas is now seriously threatened by this disease,” said Ray Prewett, president of Texas Citrus Mutual in Mission. “In fact, we’re encircled by it.”

While citrus greening has not yet been detected in Texas, there are plenty of psyllids around to spread the disease.

“Experts agree that in a place like South Texas where the psyllid is endemic, the populations can’t be eradicated. It’s never been done anywhere in the world,” Prewett said.

Buying time, he said, is one of the essential goals in fighting this disease.

“The idea is to suppress the populations of psyllids in order to buy time for researchers to come up with scientific solutions to this very debilitating disease,” he said. “The lower the psyllid populations in a recently infected area, the slower the spread of the disease.”

There is no cure for citrus greening.

“There is no treatment. Once a tree is infected, it must be destroyed to prevent it from being an inoculate for the further spread of the disease,” Prewett said.

Properly applied, Sauls said Danitol is very effective against psyllids.

“Most spraying is done at night when wind speeds are lowest, which is very important when one considers that the low-volume applicators are putting out a super-fine mist — very, very small droplets,” he said.

The equipment used for low-volume applications is similar to that used in controlling mosquitoes but the droplet sizes are larger, Prewett said.

Setamou said many growers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley began their spray program during the trees’ dormant season, before the first flush of new growth.

“Growers who didn’t spray prior to first flush should monitor their groves for the pests and spray after petal fall, after trees have completed their bloom,” he said.

Sauls said there had been many opportunities to spray earlier this year, such as during calm winds just before and after cold frontal passages, though calm winds can’t be counted on between now and late fall.

“But those low-wind periods are something growers can look for to time their applications during late fall to winter, which are the critical times for dormant period control of overwintering psyllids,” he said.

During the rest of the season, the most likely times to spray will be limited to nighttime, he said.

“Sprays will most likely be limited to the wee, small hours of the night, but then a grower is only trying to target the couple of weeks prior to each new flush of growth: late spring (May), summer (July); and the late summer and early fall (September).

Low-volume spray equipment for growers is available for loan through Texas Citrus Mutual, Prewett said.

Growers can contact John Worley for more information at (956) 584-1772.


AgriLife Extension presenting two May Hill Country wine-grape workshops

By Paul Schattenberg
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will sponsor two wine-grape grower workshops — one for advanced and one for prospective growers — in the Hill Country during May, said an agency viticulture expert.

The first of these, the "Advanced Grower Workshop" on vine nutrition and canopy management, will be held from 1-4 p.m. on May 3 at the Round Mountain Vineyard, 1758 Lincoln Smith Rd. (County Road 306) in Round Mountain, said Penny Adams, AgriLife Extension Hill Country viticulture advisor. Round Mountain is in Blanco County, about 35 miles west of Austin.

"This workshop is designed for people with commercial vineyard experience who want to learn more about vine nutrition and care to help improve wine-grape quality," said Adams, a member of AgriLife Extension's statewide viticulture team.

The workshop will present information on grapevine nutrition, petiole sampling and fertilization techniques, as well as grapevine canopy management techniques, she said.

"Nutrition and canopy management can greatly influence grape development and, ultimately, wine quality," Adams said. "Understanding how to monitor grapevine nutrition and determining how to apply products to correct deficiencies are an important part of grapevine maintenance."

The cost for this workshop will be $20 through April 30, then $25 thereafter, she said.

Adams said a second Hill Country-area workshop, called a Prospective Grower Workshop, will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 4 at the Gillespie County Agriculture Building, 95 Frederick Rd. in Fredericksburg. Program registration will be from 8:30-9 a.m. that day.

"This workshop will be useful to those considering planting a commercial vineyard or for those who already have a vineyard and are considering expanding to a commercial scale," said Adams. "A commercial vineyard requires a significant personal and financial commitment, and this workshop is designed to help people understand the pros and cons of establishing or expanding into a commercial vineyard."

Topics for this workshop will include necessary viticulture expertise, vineyard site selection, risk factors, vineyard labor requirements and vineyard economics, she said.

She added the Prospective Grower Workshop is a prerequisite for registration and acceptance into the Texas Tech Viticulture Certificate Program.

Cost for this workshop is $125 per person or $200 per couple, which includes all educational materials and lunch.

Registration for either workshop can be completed only through AgriLife Conference Services at their Web site, http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu, or by calling (979) 845-2604.

For more information, contact Adams at (830) 997-7047 or psadams@ag.tamu.edu.

Information about additional programs and on growing wine grapes in Texas can be found at the Texas Winegrape Network Web site, http://winegrapes.tamu.edu.


The compost heap
Garden reading and pine straw tip

"I have always enjoyed reading the books of fiction that you have recommended in the past," writes Charlene Lanum. "Now I have a recommendation. The name of the book is Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen. It is a fun read with a lot of references to edible plants."

"We got really excited last year when a friend offered 'loads' of pine straw from his personal land that we could use in the walkways of our raised bed garden," writes Mickey Carpenter. "Gladly, we only used it in the walkways because it sprouted a full crop of weeds that we are still fighting. Just something to be aware of: make sure you know the source and be wary of any 'extra's' you might get with it."


 

Gardening tips

For maximum blooms on those annual and perennial flowers, be sure to remove spent blooms as soon as they start to fade.

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Did You Know...

The best time to attack weeds is when they are small and not very well rooted. Either pull them by hand or run a hoe through the soil an inch or so deep. Then apply a thick organic mulch to keep more seeds from sprouting.


Upcoming garden events.

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.

Seabrook: Diana Foss from Texas Parks & Wildlife will present "Backyard Pollinators" beginning at 10 a.m., April 21, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Dallas: Two rain-barrel workshops aimed at water conservation will be offered to the public in North Texas on Earth Day, April 22. The classes run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Pavilion Building at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Urban Solutions Center, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas. The cost for each class is $40, which pays for rain-barrel construction materials. The workshops will be taught by Dr. Dotty Woodson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service program specialist for water resources. Participants will learn to construct a 55-gallon rain barrel designed to capture water for gardens and household plants, Woodson said. They also will learn about installing efficient irrigation systems. To register, visit http://urbansolutionscenter.tamu.edu/ and scroll through “Upcoming Courses.” For more information, contact Tamaron Hunt at (972) 952-9671 or t-hunt@tamu.edu.

Tomball: “The Glorious Gallery of Perennials, and then some! “ will be presented by Heidi Sheesley, Treesearch Farms, at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 22, at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Come for the unveiling of Heidi’s glorious gallery of plants. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

San Benito: The Earth-Kind Landscaping and Gardening Seminar, the first of its kind in South Texas, will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 3 p.m., April 24 at the San Benito Annex Building, 1390 W. Expressway 83, San Benito. The seminar is presented by the Cameron County Master Gardeners and AgriLife Extension. The fee is $65 and includes refreshments, lunch and an Earth-Kind notebook filled with research-based topics and tips to establish and maintain healthy landscapes and gardens. Topics include an Earth-Kind overview, Earth-Kind roses, improving existing soils, Earth-Kind turf management, selecting plants for South Texas, disease and insect management, and a question and answer session. Pre-registration must be completed by April 12, and seating is limited, Montemayor said. To register, call Montemayor at (956) 455-2096, Rosalinda Sullivan at (956) 498-7840 or the Cameron County AgriLife Extension office in San Benito at (956) 361-8236.

Tomball: “What Can I Do With My Herbs?“ will be presented by Judy Barrett, editor and published author, at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 24, at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Judy will offer creative and useful things to do with common herbs. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Tyler: The Tyler Men’s Garden Club will host Spring Fling, their spring plant sale, in the parking lot on the north side of the Broadway Square Mall, Tyler, on Saturday, April 24, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The plants available for sale are locally grown. The feature plant of Spring Fling has always been the oak leaf hydrangea. These are gorgeous plants with large pendulous white blooms. Their foliage turns beautiful red burnish colors in fall. There will also be ‘pass along’ plants such as butterfly ginger, red spider lily, confederate rose, and Turk’s cap. Plant shoppers will also find a range of other plants, such as Japanese maples, cannas, day lilies, irises, orchids, root beer plants, maple hibiscus, bromeliads, and some vegetable seedlings.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Growing Vegetables from Seeds," Wednesday, April 28, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Why pay for vegetable transplants when you can easily grow them yourself? Learn about supplies, timing, varieties, seeding how-to and tips on transplanting to the vegetable garden. This seminar is free and open to the public. For more details, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Atlanta: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter will hold its Native Plant Sale Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Horne Enterprise Building parking lot, located at the intersection of Hwy 43 and Hwy 77, Atlanta.

Austin: "Gardening for Butterflies & Hummingbirds" will be held at the Demonstration Garden at the AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County, 1600 B Smith Road, Austin, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 7. This seminar is appropriate for anyone wanting to incorporate the correct plants into the garden to attract these beauties. Learn plant food sources, host plants and nesting places for the most common butterflies and hummingbirds in Central Texas. This seminar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Denton: The Denton County Master Gardener 2010 Spring Garden Tour and Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, May 8. Tickets $8 in advance; $10 at the gate; $5 single garden. Children under 14 free. For additional information, including locations of the gardens, visit www.dcmga.com or call (940) 349-2883.

Rockport: The 10th Annual Hidden Gardens Tour by Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, May 8. Tickets are $10 and are available from the Aransas County Texas AgriLife Extension office, 611 E. Mimosa. In the event of rain, the tour will be rescheduled for May 15. For additional information, call (361) 790-0103.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Antique Rose Emporium and the Comal Master Gardener Association will present their annual Herb Affair at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio, Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dill, the 2010 Herb of the Year, will be featured. Demonstrations will include the many ways to use herbs throughout the home and garden, including herbs for pest control, cleansers, nature printing and other crafts. For additional information, visit www.antiqueroseemporium.com, http://grovesite.com/mg/comal, or call (210) 651-4565.

Highland Lakes: Join a discussion of “Texas Tough Plants” which are suitable to Central Texas and view examples of Native and Native adapted plants that grow well in Hill Country gardens. This free Green Thumb program is presented by the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners and the Lakeshore Library Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lakeshore Library located at 7346 Hwy 261, 3.6 miles past the intersection with FM 1431 in Buchanan Dam. Highland Lakes Master Gardener Sheryl Yantis has a beautiful program showing and discussing the plants that are recommended to grow vigorously in the area. Get a preview of some recommended plants at http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/sherylsgarden.aspx.This is a free program but attendees must reserve their seats. Call the library at (325) 379-1174.

Pearland: The Harris County Master Gardener Association will present a program on growing plants from seeds and cuttings Tuesday, May 11, 6:30-9 pm at Bass Pro Shops, Highway 288 at the Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Rocksprings: The Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Edwards County will conduct a free General Horticulture Workshop from 5-7:25 p.m. May 11 in the Edwards County Annex, 400 West Main, Rocksprings. Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered in the general and integrated pest management categories for participants completing the workshop. Dr. Noel Troxclair, AgriLife Extension entomologist at Uvalde, will speak on the life cycles of common insect pests found in and around the home and the control methods available for them. Dr. Mark Black, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist at Uvalde, will discuss common lawn and garden plant diseases and their treatment procedures. For more information, call Silvers at (830) 683-4310 or (830) 234-7021.

Alvin: The Lone Star Daylily Society will hold a daylily and plant sat, May 15, from 9 a.m. until sold out, at the Alvin Senior Center, Alvin. Judging of flowers begins at 10:30 a.m. and the show opens to the public at 2 p.m., For additional information, visit www.lonestardaylilysociety.org or call Michael Mayfield at (281) 996-9310.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Daylily Society Show and Sale will be held Saturday, May 15, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. For additional information, call (210) 824-9981.

Pearland: Daylilies will be in peak bloom when Payne's in the Grass Daylily Farm — 2137 Melanie Lane, Pearland — hosts an open garden Sunday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free and daylily plants will be for sale. For additional information, call (281) 485-3821 or lp-payne@comcast.net or visit www.paynesinthegrassdaylilyfarm.com.

Seabrook: Catherine Hubbard, Director of the Albuquerque Biopark's Botanic Garden will discuss "Rose Gardening in the Arid Landscape" at 10 a.m., May 19 at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. Hubbard will discuss the construction of a one-acre rose garden in Biopark's Garden and the role roses can play in an arid landscape. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Austin: "How to Create a Wildlife Habitat" will be presented from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Saturday, May 22, at the Demonstration Garden at AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County, 1660 B Smith Road, Austin. Learn how to attract butterflies, birds, insects, toads, and other creatures by utilizing plants which create food, cover, water and places to raise young. A Master Naturalist volunteer will lead the discussion. This seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis Country Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Brenham: The Barrington Living History Farm's gardens will be open Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Learn about the foods pioneers grew to feed their families in the Brazos Valley in the 1850s. See the heirloom varieties Republic of Texas President Anson Jones may well have been growing on his farm. Barrington Living History Farm is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site off Highway 105 on FM 1155 between Navasota and Brenham. Admission: adults $5; students, $3; children 6 and under free. For additional information, call (936) 878-2214, ext. 246, and ask for Kellie, or visit www.birthplaceoftexas.com.

Nacogdoches: The Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center will host the 5th Lone Star Regional Native Plant Conference June 2-5 in Nacogdoches. The conference will be held on the SFA campus, home to the Mast Arboretum, the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, and the 40-acre Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Join a unique blend of naturalists, horticulturists, nurserymen, landscapers, and gardeners and for talks ranging from green roofs to landscape design and native azaleas, guided tours featuring unique local flora, and educational workshops. Registration begins February 1. For more information, visit http://arboretum.sfasu.edu or contact Dawn Stover at (936) 468-4404 or dparish@sfasu.edu.

Cameron: Nature Festival, June 11-12. Explore historical Wilson-Ledbetter Park in Cameron. Friday evening activities – discovery walks, outdoor nature movie, keynote speakers, dedication of bird sanctuary. Saturday – hands-on fun and educational family activities, tour exhibits, sample foods. Discover El Camino Real de los Tejas National Heritage Trail. For additional information, visit www.cameron-tx.com, call (254) 697-4979, visit www.rockdalechamber.com, or call (512) 446-2030.

Austin: Enjoy a free seminar concentrating on capturing rainwater and lowering water usage in your landscape from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, June 26, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. This session will teach you all the basics on building a non-potable rainwater harvesting system. In addition, lower your water usage by learning 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. It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Weatherford: The 26th annual Parker County Peach Festival will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, July 10, in downtown Weatherford. More than 200 arts/crafts, produce and food vendors will line the historic streets. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For additional information, visit www.peachfestivaltx.com or contact info@weatherford-chamber.com or (888) 594-3801.

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 except July and August at the library, 798 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. 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.

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners meet at the Salvation Army in Orange on the second 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.

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 Gardeners meet the third Monday of each month at McGregor house on the corner of West Henderson and Colonial Dr. in Cleburne. A program starts at 6 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet with refreshments and a short business meeting. For information visit http://www.jcmga.org/.

Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month (except December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact Lance Jepson at LJepson@aol.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 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 precedes the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For topic or other information, call (830) 379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Atlanta: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter of Native Plants Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Horne Enterprise building in Atlanta at 7 p.m.  Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Kay Lowery at frostkay268@aol.com.

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.

Brackenridge Park: The Native Plant Society San Antonio Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway at E. Mulberry, Brackenridge Park, except August and December. Social and seed/plant exchange at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bea at (210) 999-7292 or visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month at the North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd.,  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.


Texas Wildscapes:
Gardening for Wildlife

By Kelly Conrad Bender

NEW EDITION of the popular Texas Parks & Wildlife book, now with fully searchable DVD containing all the plant and animal information you need to customizTexas Wildscapes program provides the tools you need to make ahome for all the animals that will thrive in the native habitat you create.

In Texas Wildscapes, Kelly Conrad Bender identifies the kinds of animals you can expect when you give them their three basic needs: food, water, and shelter. She then provides guidelines for designing and planting your yard or garden to best provide these requirements for the many birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates the environment will attract.

$31.88 includes tax and shipping

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Wish you'd saved them?

Are you missing an important issue of Texas Gardener? Or, perhaps, just tired of thumbing through stacks of back issues looking for the tips and techniques you need to make your garden grow? These new CDs provide easy access to all six issues of
volume 20 (November/December 2000 through September/October 2001),
volume 21
(November/December 2001 through September/October 2002),
volume 22
(November/December 2002 through September/October 2003),
volume 23
(November/December 2003 through September/October 2004),
volume 24 (November/December 2004 through September/October 2005),
volume 25 (November/December 2005 through September/October 2006),
volume 26 (November/December 2006 through September/October 2007),
volume 27 (November/December 2007 through September/October 2008) and
volume 28 (November/December 2008 through September/October 2009)*.

$16.99 per CD includes tax and shipping

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*Other volumes will be available soon.


Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac

Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac is a giant monthly calendar for the entire state — a practical, information-packed, month-by-month guide for gardeners and "yardeners." This book provides everything you need to know about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, and fruit gardening; and soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care. It will help you to create beautiful, productive, healthy gardens and have fun doing it.

$26.63 plus shipping*

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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!)

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