May 26, 2010

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Weakened grass killed this spring by effects of long, cold winter

By Mike Jackson
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

This spring has been mostly kind to lawns, but the 2009-10 winter was not, said an expert with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Warm-weather grasses, particularly St. Augustine, suffered from the effects of the recent winter season, said Dr. Jim McAfee, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in Dallas.

Texas lawns covered by St. Augustine and centipede grasses took the biggest hits, but the worst problems were confined to St. Augustine, McAfee said.

“This is probably the worst low-temperature injury to St. Augustine grass in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since the winter of 1988-89,” said McAfee, who is based in Dallas. “No question about it. It’s bad out there.”

Consistently cold temperatures — and a few hard freezes — hurt grass especially in areas already weakened by poor management, diseases and insects, McAfee said.

Then spring flowers bloomed and lawns turned green, brown dead patches of lawns were revealed, McAfee said. In some cases, entire lawns were dead.

Homeowners and lawn-care workers were often left wondering: “What the heck happened?” McAfee said.

“Most likely your home lawn or commercial property was the victim of elements that hurt lawns around Texas over the past year or so,” he said.

McAfee said cold weather is often a problem, but there are other factors such as insufficient water, areas prone to flooding, too much shade and newly planted lawns which haven’t adequately established their roots.

“Generally, lawns that are under stress going into winter dormancy are more likely to be damaged by winter temperatures,” he said.

Disease can be a major problem, McAfee said. “Take-all root rot” is particularly harmful to St. Augustine and centipede. “Large patch,” formerly known as “brown patch,” is too. As their names suggest, they both leave patches of dead grass in the lawn.

There are other things that can stress lawns, McAfee said. Misapplied herbicides, soil compaction, heavy shade and thatch can be problems.

But there are solutions that can be employed to aid in lawn recovery where there is live grass.

  • Allow time for nearby grasses to fill in, a ‘greening process’ that occurs naturally.
  • Avoid using herbicides on newly planted lawns.
  • Rake up the dead grass and re-seed.
  • Or, after a while, rake up dead grass and re-sod.
  • Applying three-quarters or up to a pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn can help. (Lawns can roughly be measured by “walking off” length and width.)

“Avoiding winter kill when we have hard winters is almost impossible,” McAfee said. “But if grass is maintained well with proper maintenance — water, mowing, fertilizer — then the impact and injury might be reduced.”


Change the way you think about your lawn to enhance its health

Bayer Advanced

Our lawns enhance the look of our homes and add to our property values. They serve as a place to relax and as a play area for kids and pets. They absorb carbon dioxide from the air and give back fresh oxygen. Lawns are also expensive. Sod can cost about $500 for 1,000 square feet.

“The easiest way to achieve the goal of a beautiful lawn and protect your investment is to really think about grass as a living, breathing thing,” says Bayer Advanced Garden Expert Lance Walheim, co-author of Lawn Care for Dummies. “Your lawn requires a proper diet of water and fertilizer, regular haircuts and protection against the things that can harm it.”

Three Ways to Enhance The Health of Your Lawn

  • Deep watering: For most areas, two waterings a week in the summer is sufficient, but you should check with your local water department or extension service for guidelines. You need to irrigate your lawn long enough so the water can penetrate 6 inches into the soil. You can use a screwdriver to test the depth of moisture.
  • The right fertilizer at the right time: Fertilizers feed the grass to strengthen it against weeds, diseases and pests. Slow-release fertilizers cost more, but they’re less likely to burn the lawn and they last longer. Warm-season grasses require fertilizer in late spring. Cool-season grasses require fertilizer in spring or fall. Be sure to check with your county extension office to determine the proper timing for fertilizing your type of turf.
  • Mowing: Set the wheels of the mower at the recommended height for your grass type. Mow often enough so you don’t scalp your grass. Scalping can lead to weed problems.


The Compost Heap
Blackberries and braiding garlic

"You state that blackberry plants 'need to be pruned immediately after you have finished harvesting the berries for the season ('Gardening Tips,' Seeds, May 5, 2010)," writes Betty Tobutt-Nelson. "'Cut to the ground all canes that set fruit, because they will never fruit again.'

"That made me laugh.

"I grew up in southern England, and when I was two years old my father purchased a 200 year old house. It had a very thick blackberry hedge which supplied us with an abundant supply of berries yearly. Never did we cut the hedge back.

"When I returned home on a visit in 1965 a friend had purchased land from my parents that was fronted by the blackberry hedge. It still provided abundant berries yearly, and was never cut back."

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Betty. I guess there is nothing wrong with a wild blackberry thicket. I mean, where would briar rabbit be without one?

Yes, blackberries will produce without pruning but next year’s crop will only come from this year’s growth. Because the old canes will not fruit again, it makes sense to remove them. Blackberries are much easier to manage if pruned each year. If left unchecked, they will become a dense bramble thicket. — Chris S. Corby, Publisher

"Just read the article about storing garlic ('Gardening Tips,' Seeds, May 19, 2010)," writes B Williamson. "Now my question: How do you braid garlic? I have access to lots of fresh garlic and would like to try my hand at braiding it."

You braid garlic kind of like you braid hair. If you have trouble braiding the garlic, then you could simply bind clumps of garlic together with twine and hang it to dry. — Chris S. Corby, Publisher


 

Gardening tips

Now is the time to make sure those flower beds are well mulched as we enter the hot summer months. Cedar bark mulch is an excellent choice and our favorite. In many parts of the state, it is readily available and reasonably priced.

Have a favorite gardening tip you’d like to share? Texas Gardener’s Seeds is seeking brief gardening tips from Texas gardeners to use in future issues. If we publish your tip in Seeds, we will send you a free copy of Texas Gardener's 2010 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.


Did You Know...

It doesn’t take one of those messy nectar feeders to attract hummingbirds to your garden. Instead plant scarlet sage salvia splendens, Texas sage salvia coccinea and watch the hummers flock to you garden.


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.

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.

San Antonio: 13th Annual Festival of Flowers, Saturday, May 29. One of the largest gardening events in South Texas. Featured attractions include Texas' largest plant and seed exchange (more than 1,000 plants and seed packets traded each year) and the new Alamo Area Horticulture Show and Contest. Morning seminars include Jeff Pavlat on landscaping with succulents and cactus; Texas Gardener Contributing Writer Patty Leander on organic fall vegetable gardening; landscape designer Randy Rodgers on energizing tired landscapes; and Mark Peterson on colorful Spanish courtyards. Afternoon Organic Roundtable moderated by Bob Webster with panelists Malcolm Beck, John Dromgoole, Judy Barrett, Bruce Deuley and Stuart Franke. Herb-cooking demonstrations, floral design competition and GO TEXAN Farmers Market. Shop for plants, landscape supplies and garden accessories at the Indoor Garden Mall — a mix of non-profit and retail gardening vendors. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $6 for adults, no charge for children under 10. Free parking. Bring carts and wagons. Free plant checkroom available. For more information, visit www.SAFestivalofFlowers.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.

Tyler: The Smith County Master Gardeners, a volunteer organization for Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting an Open House June 5 to acquaint the regional public with their Secret Gardens. The gardens are “ secret” because they are located at the southern end of the Tyler Rose Garden and are often overlooked by visitors. The Smith County Master Gardeners are responsible for the design and maintenance of four distinctively different gardens there. The I.D.E.A Garden is a demonstration garden used for community education and is the site of a monthly lecture series held the first Tuesday of each month starting in March and running through November. This garden is used mainly for teaching purposes and has something blooming year-round. The Heritage Rose Garden showcases roses in a landscape setting, along with shrubs, herbs, heirloom bulbs, ornamental grasses, perennials and annuals. Any rose variety that has survived more than 75 years could be considered an old garden rose or “heritage” rose. Heritage roses are not only acclimated to our environment but less prone to disease, easier to grow and more aromatic than modern roses. The Shade Garden demonstrates that a garden is possible even in the shade of large trees. Featured are many varieties of camellias and Japanese maples, ferns and other shade lovers. The fourth garden is a new addition to the Master Gardeners’ efforts called the Sunshine garden because the majority of the plantings are yellow and white. It is also an Earth Kind garden. Earth Kind is a designation given to plants that aid in water conservation and the reduction of fertilizer and pesticide use. It demonstrates that one can have a beautiful, easy care landscape while conserving and protecting our environment and natural resources. The public is invited to visit these secret gardens during the Open House on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. until 1p.m., at the Tyler Rose Garden, 400 Rose Park Drive, Tyler. Smith County Master Gardeners will serve as docents and be on hand to answer questions.

Pearland: The Harris County Master Gardener Association will present a program on plant pests and diseases, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., Tuesday, June 8, at Bass Pro Shops, Highway 299 at the Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.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.

Houston: Urban Harvest Farmers Market will host the sixth annual Urban Harvest Tomato Fest, Saturday, June 5, and Saturday, June 12, at 3000 Richmond at Eastside (between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway), in the back parking lot. For additional information, visit www.urbanharvest.org.

Seabrook: Mark Fox, Fox Landscape Company and Nursery, will give a presentation about alternative trees to the Live Oak at 10 a.m., June 16, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Austin: “Basic Landscape Design Principles” will be presented Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. until noon, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. “Basic Landscape Design Principles,” the first of a two-part series, will help get your creative juices flowing by exploring ways to use your space and by looking at various garden styles. Learn about basic design principles such as texture, color, and function that will help you to create a pleasing environment. This seminar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardeners' help desk at (512) 854-9600.

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.

Austin: “Designing Your Landscape” will be presented Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m. until noon, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. “Designing Your Landscape,” the second of a two-part series, will explore the step-by-step process of creating a landscape plan., including a discussion of the creation of drawings from site analysis through concept to a final planting plan. Learn how to measure your yard and draw a base plan to scale. This seminar will introduce the tools you need to create the garden you have always wanted. This seminar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardeners' 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.

Austin: "Better Photography in the Garden," a class to help gardeners capture the beauty of nature, will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, July 24, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. Learn tips on capturing plants and insects in the garden. Discussion will include how lighting, focal length and aperture interact in composing photographs and how to use a camera's programs (landscape, portrait, etc.) effectively. After the presentation, go into the Botanical Garden to practice. Participants must provide their own camera and have an understanding of how it works. All types of cameras are welcome. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's Help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Seguin: Guadalupe County Master Gardeners is now accepting applications for Evening Training Classes. School will be Wednesdays, August 11 through December 1; 6-9 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Extension Building, 210 Live Oak, Seguin. Interested in learning about vegetable and flower gardening, trees and the environment? Enjoy sharing knowledge of plants and gardening with people in your community? Want to participate in positive community service programs with volunteers that have similar interests? Then the Master Gardener program could be for you. Learn from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff and local experts, including Malcolm Beck, Texas Gardener Contributing Writer Patty Leander, Flo Oxley, John Dromgoole and Drs. Larry Stein and Mark Black. Topics cover botany & plant growth, entomology, xeriscaping, propagation, herbs and vegetables, tree care and pruning principles, composting and organic horticulture, water conservation and much more. Sign up now before the classes are full. Registration is $170 with a 10% discount for early payment. For more information, please contact Robert Teweles at 210 289-9997, email rteweles@satx.rr.com or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Fredericksburg: 5th Annual Wildscapes Workshop — Better Basics: Backyards, Birds & Butterflies. September 11, Registration & Plant Sale open at 8 a.m., Seminars 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Garden Tours 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1800 North Llano Street, Fredericksburg. Take a comprehensive look at using native plants to provide a sustainable environment that will attract the local wildlife to your landscape. Speakers will show how to expand your living space by creating outdoor retreats using native plants and hardscape. The cost of $35.00 includes morning snack and lunch, along with afternoon tours of gardens that exemplify the information taught during the seminars. Raffles, a big door prize and a silent auction will be ongoing throughout the day. Several local nurseries will be selling hard-to-find native plants and volunteers from the Fredericksburg Chapter will be selling even harder-to-find books about native plants. For more information visit www.npsot.org/Fredericksburg or contact Lynn Sample at (830) 889-1331.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Drive (near the intersection of Highway 6 and Patterson Road), Houston. For additional information visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu or call (281) 855-5600.

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.


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That’s right. We have a small quantity of The Vegetable Book that have been nibbled on by silverfish. The result is very minor cosmetic damage. We can’t sell them as new books at full price so we are forced to drastically reduce the price to $13.87 (includes tax and shipping). That is more than half off the regular price! This should appeal to all the tightwads out there as well as those who would like to have a second, not-so-perfect copy of Dr. Cotner’s timeless classic to carry with them to the garden as a working copy. Hurry while supplies last!

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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.

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