November 10, 2010

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AgriLife Extension, Edgewood ISD build, refurbish school gardens

By Paul Schattenberg
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The Edgewood Independent School District and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service joined forces to build a new student garden plot and recondition existing garden plots on the grounds of Coronado-Escobar Elementary, 5622 W. Durango in San Antonio.

About 90 second-, third- and fifth-grade students participated in the garden build and educational activities presented by AgriLife Extension in coordination with school administrators and the Edgewood ISD.

“The garden area at the school helps the students learn about responsibility and commitment,” said Roy Ramos, vice principal of Coronado-Escobar Elementary. “The kids also learn about earth science and how to plant and grow their own vegetables. They’re very proud of them and like to bring their parents to the vegetable garden to show them what they’ve grown.”

He added the program also teaches students patience and the value of working diligently toward a goal.

Members of the Bexar County Master Gardeners and local 4-H clubs administered by the local AgriLife Extension office, along with county Extension personnel, provided materials and manpower for the project, along with hands-on educational demonstrations for the students.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, in whose district the school is located, said the school garden project was “an excellent example of schools and other organizations working together to benefit young people and their community.” A legislative aide to Castro, Bianca Briseno, attended the garden build on his behalf.

Students helped prepare the soil for a newly constructed 4 foot by 8 foot raised garden and helped re-establish existing plots. Under adult guidance, they planted broccoli, cabbage, radish, cauliflower and other vegetable seedlings. Students also were given instruction on the importance of vegetables in their daily diet, shown actual garden-grown vegetables and given fresh vegetables for snacks.

“We wanted the students to know how good fresh vegetables taste and how good they are for them,” said Dr. Connie Sheppard, AgriLife Extension agent for family and consumer sciences for Bexar County. “Vegetables are a vital part of the daily diet and are one way to improve health and help avoid childhood overweight issues.”

Participating students enjoyed planting, fertilizing and watering their new garden area.

“My grandmother has a vegetable garden and I like helping her,” said Felicity Berlanga, a second-grader who participated in the build and educational activities. “She grows tomatoes and other vegetables in her garden, and now I’m learning how to grow them too.”

The new garden will serve as an “outdoor classroom” where the students can learn about agriculture, horticulture and other subjects while promoting community involvement, said Brady Yecker, AgriLife Extension youth gardens coordinator.

Yecker said helping with the elementary school’s garden area was part of community education and outreach activities through the Bexar County Youth Gardens Program of AgriLife Extension. He said the program helps supplement efforts to improve Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills scores by using gardens as an alternative setting to the classroom.

“It also assists teachers and students in meeting mandatory Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills objectives through its use of award-winning AgriLife Extension Junior Master Gardener curricula,” he said.

Ernesto Villanueva, a fifth-grade teacher at Coronado-Escobar and one of the school instructors responsible for the school gardening program, said the program helps students understand the importance of agriculture.

“A lot of these kids may have only seen vegetables in the grocery store and don’t have any idea of the amount of effort that goes into growing them,” Villarreal said. “This gives them the opportunity to learn about food production and the pleasure of gardening and growing something by themselves.”

Joe, Susan and Margie Noonan, all members of the Bexar County Master Gardener program, were among those providing instruction to students during the garden build.

“For a lot of kids, mowing the lawn is the closest they get to horticulture,” said Joe Noonan. “Many don’t realize where vegetables come from and that they can grow them. It’s enjoyable to show them how much fun gardening can be and to get them involved in an activity where they can go outdoors and get some fresh air and exercise while doing something productive.”

Research has shown gardening is an effective way to help children gain a respect for nature and the environment, learn about nutrition and improved food choices, develop interpersonal skills and enhance learning through real-life experience, Yecker added.

"Youth gardening helps young people become well-rounded, socially aware and productive members of their communities,” he said. “We’re glad the Edgewood ISD and Coronado-Escobar Elementary allowed us to come in and join them in this important school garden education effort.”


The Texas Natural History Survey

By Buddy Gough
The Nature Conservancy of Texas

Hunting in Texas takes many forms, from the traditional pursuit of game animals to the scientific collection of butterflies, but among the most unusual is the hunting associated with the Conservancy’s Texas Natural History Survey (TNHS).

The ongoing survey — a collaboration between the Conservancy, partner organizations volunteers and private landowners — aims to identify and document the vast biological diversity of Texas.

It is a bold endeavor in a state home to so many different regions, each harboring a staggering variety of natural life — more than 4,400 plant and 1,800 animal species in total.

It is also an effort with the potential for the hunters to claim trophies in the form of discovering and documenting hitherto unknown species of plants, animals, insects and aquatic creatures.

Past discoveries, for example, have included detecting the presence of Mexican white oak trees on the Conservancy’s Dolan Falls Preserve on the Devil’s River in West Texas. The tree had never before found in the United States and has since become an important focus of the conservation plan for the Dolan Falls property.

In another example, the survey of the Conservancy’s Independence Creek Preserve on the Lower Pecos River discovered two aquatic crustaceans previously unknown to science.

One of the TNHS’ most indefatigable hunters over many years has been Conservancy botanist Bill Carr. In the course of inventorying more than 30,000 plant species during his career, Carr in 2004 discovered a plant in the Astor family found only in southwestern Edwards Plateau. It was thereafter named Carr’s rattlesnake-root (Prenanthus carrii).

Currently, the TNHS houses data on nearly 10,000 locations of rare plants, animals and ecological communities in Texas, information which has been used to initiate conservation plans on the Conservancy’s own preserves and on many public and private lands across the state.

These programs in turn have had the indirect result in some instances of allowing the resurrection of formerly unknown and dormant species as a benchmark of conservation success.

An example is the program to preserve the endangered Pecos sunflower at the Conservancy’s Diamond Y Springs Preserve, which had the result of resurrecting the Leoncita false fox glove, a small, native wildflower not found in Texas for the past 100 years.

In addition to its value to conservation in Texas, the TNHS data is provided to NatureServe, a non-profit organization that coordinates the International Network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers as a source for worldwide conservation.

In fact, The Nature Conservancy, NatureServe, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are working on a data sharing agreement to enable the TNHS to procure additional biological information and manage it. The ultimate goal is to conserve the state’s biodiversity in concert with private landowners With the TNHS conducting as many as 60 field studies each year, there is plenty of opportunity for volunteers to join the hunt.


The Compost Heap
Ginger snaps

“In regard to elephant ears ('Troublesome invasive is one plant Texas would do well to forget,' Seeds, November 3, 2010)," writes Josh Lowery, "my mom has switched to planting ginger for the same effect (big leaves), and it's eatable too! Are there negative effects with ginger, as with elephant ears?"

Great idea! We love ginger and have never heard of any problem with it being invasive.— Chris S. Corby, Publisher


Gardening tips

"After a recent hail storm I had damaged window screens," writes Susan Hoberman. "I put them to good use. I put the old screens over my newly seeded beds to retain water, to make sure the water I give them is gentle, and to keep them partially shaded. I get much better germination, especially in the heat of August."

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Did You Know...

Here is a new twist to our regular Did You Know feature. If you know and are the first to answer this one correctly then you will receive a free Texas Gardener cap. Good luck!

The Yellow Rose of Texas is so named for the following:

A. The yellow clay of the Trans Pecos desert soil
B. The yellow dress that Stephen F. Austin’s wife wore during the battle of the Alamo
C. The yellow skinned women named Emily who crossed paths with Santa Ana
D. The yellow feather found at the entrance to the Alamo after the siege

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Upcoming garden events.

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

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 11, at the Georgetown Public Library, 2nd floor, 402 W 8th St., Georgetown. Visitors welcome. For additional information, contact Susan Waitz at 512-948-5241 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Wichita Falls: The Wichita Horticulture Committee will host the Wichita County Pecan Show on Saturday, November 20, at the Multi Purpose Events Center in Wichita Falls. The show is open to any county resident with a pecan tree, and homeowners are encouraged to participate if they are interested in improving the quality of the pecans on their urban trees. All entries must be received at the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service Wichita County office at 600 Scott Ave, Suite 200, Wichita Falls, by 5 p.m. Friday, November 12, to allow time for entry processing. The basic rules for the pecan show include: 1. Exhibitors are limited to one entry of each named variety they grow; however the grower may enter as many seedlings, known hybrids or natives as desired. 2. Sample entries from one orchard cannot be entered in two county shows. 3. Pecans should be entered in the same county they are grown. If your county does not have a show, enter the nearest county that does. 4. The exhibitor must be the grower. 5. An entry consists of a minimum of 40 pecans, with 42 preferred. They should be in a paper sack and identified with grower name, address, phone number and variety (if known). 6. Entries containing more than one variety are disqualified, however, and entry may be composed of nuts from more than one tree. 7. Nuts which are cut sanded, polished or otherwise altered will be disqualified. 8. Pecans exhibited must be from the 2010 crop. The event will also feature the Wichita County Pecan Seminar from 10 a.m. to noon. The seminar is open to anyone interested in learning more about growing higher quality pecans. A $10 registration fee will be charged at the door to anyone wanting two continuing education units in integrated pest management toward their pesticide applicator license requirements. Registration for the program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m. Dr Monte Nesbit will present information on tree disease, insects, pesticide use and tree management. For more information contact the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service Wichita County office at 600 Scott Ave., Suite 200, Wichita Falls or by calling 940-716-8610.

Austin: “Growing Culinary Herbs in Texas” will be presented Saturday, November 13, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the American Botanical Council, 6200 Manor Rd., Austin. Herbs are a delight to the senses and an easy way to add beauty to your landscape! This class will cover the basics of growing both seasonal and perennial culinary herbs in central Texas, and will offer some suggestions for their use. Class size is limited, so sign up early by calling the Master Gardener Help Desk at 512-854-9600. This seminar is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For more information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at 512-854-9600.

Seabrook: Dr. Anthony Camerino, County Extension Agent, Texas AgriLife Extension, Harris County, will answer the question, "What Is Organic Gardening" at 10 a.m., November 17, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. Johnson will discuss when and how to accomplish major tasks and what not to do in the landscape. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Houston: Considering all the rain and flooding that Harris County gets — with or without tropical storms — one wouldn't think that rainwater harvesting would be a hot topic. But rainwater harvesting is a good fit for wet areas as well as dry. "There's quite a bit of interest in rainwater harvesting in Harris County," said Justin Mechell, AgriLife Extension water resources specialist. "They have a lot of rainfall, so there's a lot to capture. And also they're irrigating quite a bit of land, so there's a big need and great potential for capturing that water; it provides a good opportunity." To respond to that growing interest, AgriLife Extension will offer a one-day training in collecting and using rainwater on November 18 at the AgriLife Extension office in Harris County, 3033 Bear Creek Drive, Houston. The training has been designed primarily for professional landscapers, but the public is welcome, Mechell said. Pre-registration for the course is $125; same-day registration will be $150. A 90-percent refund will be given to those who pre-register but have to cancel. Registration includes a manual with more than 200 pages written by AgriLife Extension engineers and rainwater harvesting experts. Lunch will be provided. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m., with the presentation beginning at 9 a.m. First up will be a "big-picture" overview of rainwater harvesting methods used throughout the state, including their sustainability and economics. "Sizing of Rainwater Harvesting System Components" will review the basic components of a rainwater harvesting system, including information on how to size a storage tank, cover designs and pipe systems. After lunch, "Methods to Improve Stored Water Quality" will cover selecting roofing materials, gutter screening, first-flush diversion design, basket screens, connection of multiple tanks and dealing with overflows. In "Treatment of Harvested Water," AgriLife engineers will explain what kind of treatment is needed for collected water depending on its use, potable or non-potable use. The session titled "Maintenance" will cover maintenance of filtering and disinfection devices, as well as tanks, gutters and rooftops. The training will end with an opportunity for participants to review, evaluate and ask questions. To register, go to the AgriLife Extension conference services website at https://agrilifevents.tamu.edu and search for "rainwater." Alternately, participants may call 979-845-2604 to register. For more information, Mechell can be reached at 979-845-1395 or JKMechell@ag.tamu.edu.

Jasper: Jasper County Farmers Market will hold a special holiday market November 20  with food, music, crafts and contests as the grand finale to the growing season. The market is open every Saturday 8 to 10 a.m. May-November on Hwy 96 N in Jasper one mile north of Hwy 190. The holiday market will have extended hours, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and have a pumpkin bake-off, kids pumpkin decorating contest, door prizes and live music. Homemade crafts, baked goods and group fundraisers are welcome at this event. Master gardeners who run the market are now taking applications for $5 booth space. Call 409-384-3721 for more information.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 9, at the Georgetown Public Library, 2nd floor. There will be a silent auction and potluck dinner. Visitors welcome. For additional information, contact Susan Waitz at 512-948-5241 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 13, at the Georgetown Public Library, 2nd floor. Ginger Hudson will present her new book Landscape Maintenance for Central Texas Gardens. Visitors welcome. For additional information, contact Susan Waitz at 512-948-5241 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Houston: The Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale will be held 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. or until sold out, January 15, at Robertson Football Stadium on the University of Houston campus, Scott Street at Holman Street, Houston. This annual sale brings together far more types and varieties of fruit trees than can be found anywhere else in the greater Houston area. Fruit trees are easy to grow in metro Houston, with little care and big results. Learn more about growing fruit trees from Urban Harvest. For more information, visit www.urbanharvest.org.

New Braunfels: Registration has begun for the Comal Master Gardener Training Class which will be held from January 19 to May 11, 2011. Applications for the class are currently on the Comal Master Gardener website at http://www.txmg.org/comal/ or contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office at 830-620-3440 for more information. Class size is limited and applications are accepted in the order they are received. The class will meet each Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Comal County Office, 325 Resource Dr., New Braunfels (behind the Comal County Recycling Center).

McKinney: The Collin County Master Gardeners will present The Garden Show, March 26 and 27 at the Myers Park and Event Center near McKinney. The show is focused on providing research based horticulture information to area residents. For more information, contact thegardenshow@dfwair.net or visit www.ccmgatx.org/thegardenshow.

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.

Marion: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the second Tuesday of each month except July and August at The Library, 500 Bulldog, Marion. There is a plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit www.npsot.org/GuadalupeCounty/ or contact contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

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.

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.

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.

Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Monday 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.

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/.

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.somervellmastergardeners.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 7:00 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.

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.

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.

San Antonio: The Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, except August and December, at the Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio. Social and plant/seed exchange at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio or call Bea at 210-999-7292.

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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