May 25, 2011

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Summer birding activities

Scotts Miracle-Gro

Birds are as much a part of summer as the sun. Filling the air with song and beautifying neighborhoods with colorful plumage, they entertain us for hours with their grace at our bird feeders. That is why it is so important to stop and enjoy Mother Nature's beautiful bird population.

Make it count: Nature walks are educational and informative fun for the whole family. To start, simply find a bird guide at a local bookstore and go on a bird-counting adventure. Kids and adults alike will enjoy keeping a tally of how many different species of birds can be found in the neighborhood. Increase the fun by photographing birds in the neighborhood and sharing the images and an account of your adventure with people across the nation by joining the Wildlife Watch through the National Wildlife Federation (

Feed the masses: Because of a high metabolic rate and the massive amount of energy required for flying, birds spend a big part of their lives either eating or searching for food. Help your feathered friends by providing a nourishing meal in the backyard. Hanging a bird feeder or planting native plants can provide a convenient source of nourishment for local bird populations. Keep feeders clean and filled with high-quality bird. For a fun project with kids, make your own bird feeder. Simply take a large pinecone and coat it with a layer of peanut butter then roll in bird seed and hang from a tree in the backyard. Make sure to hang bird feeders in front of a window or within sight of a balcony or porch to maximize the enjoyment of the feathered friends you never knew you had.

Splash zone: Birds need water to survive just like any animal but what makes them different from most animals is that they enjoy splashing around and bathing in the water, as well as drink it. This is especially true in the hot summer months. Adding a bird bath in the back yard can attract new birds and encourage cool water frolicking. The whole family will enjoy watching this fun from a window or porch, so place a bird bath near a window.

A wide variety of bird baths are readily available at nurseries and hardware stores nationwide but birds aren't selective — an inexpensive homemade bird bath will suffice. Simple bird baths can be made by placing large plant saucers or ceramic bowls on tree stumps, logs, or on top of larger pots. Water should be no more than 3 inches deep to provide a safe bathing environment for smaller birds. Keeping the bird bath clean and the water fresh for birds is essential when offering a healthy water source. To do this, make a habit of scrubbing out any bird droppings and algae weekly and replacing the old water with a fresh supply.

Get certified: Bird habitats are dramatically decreasing each year and with them go the bird populations. Help keep birds happy, healthy, and well-fed by creating a backyard habitat. Whether you live on a farm in the country or in an apartment in the city, creating a bird-friendly habitat is not only possible, it is easy! Birds require the basic elements of food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young. These elements are easily achieved with a bird feeder, a bird bath, a bird house, and trees or shrubs.

To find out how to certify your backyard or schoolyard as a Wildlife Habitat, visit the National Wildlife Federation online (

Attention San Antonio-area families: It’s time to get outside and connected with nature

Texas Forest Service

The statistics are staggering. Kids now spend an average of 45 hours each week — more time than their parents spend at work — in front of a computer or television screen.

It’s time to turn off the TV and power down the laptop. It’s time to get back outside and reconnected with nature.

It’s time for Nature Challenge 2011.

Like a family nature hike with a little Amazing Race thrown in, the contest is designed to help families across Texas get reconnected with each other — and the outdoors.

“We hope to instill environmental awareness in kids and families through hands-on activities rather than brochures and lectures,” said Dr. Melanie Kirk, assistant professor and urban forestry specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and co-founder of the program.

“We also hope to instill in them the importance of having healthy and renewable natural resources and being aware of the ecosystem around you. The things you do every day impact that ecosystem.”

Coordinated by Texas Forest Service and Texas AgriLife Extension, the competition is hosted regionally in six areas — Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Fort Davis and the Coastal Bend — throughout the year.

The contest calls for families to visit designated nature sites across the region in which they live, completing missions at each site. The families who complete the most missions are eligible for a grand prize.

Last year, more than 2,000 people — or 480 families — across the state participated in the regional contests.

Opening ceremonies for the Alamo Area competition are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio. Closing ceremonies will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Brackenridge Park in San Antonio.

“It is Nature Challenge, but it’s not driven around the process. It’s driven around the experience,” said Sasha Kodet, education director for San Antonio Botanical Gardens and regional coordinator for the Alamo Area competition.

“We want to challenge you to get out and learn more about the ecosystem you live in, learn about the bugs and flowers and what’s in creeks and ponds. But the challenge itself is not about winning. The prize is that experience you’ve had with your family that entire summer.”

For more information about Nature Challenge 2011, visit

Up, down and all around: Create a vertical garden

The Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Season’s Garden Guide

Build living walls right in your backyard. Plants can hang and grow in pockets, niches, on a fence, or on any other vertical surface. Living walls are beautiful, functional, and adaptable to a variety of edible and ornamental plants, grasses, and vines in combination with natural and man-made elements.

Fences and Walls: Attach planting pockets to fences and walls to grow herbs, strawberries, and small vegetables. Buy planting pockets at a local hardware store or make your own using an over-the-door shoe organizer.

Trellises: Let vines, flowers, cucumbers, and peas scurry up trellises. These tall, flat, and usually rectangular frames look good as a stand-alone piece or anchored to a wall or fence.

Containers: Put containers on the rungs of a stepladder and grow climbers up the side to create easy and dynamic height. Stacking containers (homemade or purchased) is another easy way to go vertical.

Stakes: Use stakes or sticks as the backbone for vining vegetables such as peas and pole beans.

Recyclables: Set up an old screen door to grow vines, or spray paint a dead tree and grow squash up the branches — have fun and use your imagination.

Bottoms up or upside down? Let your plant grow from the bottom of a suspended container. Not only does it look great, but many plants such as tomatoes, pole beans, eggplants, peppers and cucumbers benefit from it! Make your own “upside-down” container by using an old hanging container or a large plastic bucket.

The compost heap
Blossom end rot

"We are experiencing a severe outbreak of blossom end rot on our tomatoes this session," writes Brian Graham. "There have been minor cases in the past; but nothing to this level. What treatment is possible (other than watering on a regular basis) or are we doomed to continue having it until we replace these plants for the fall crop?"

While blossom-end rot is related to calcium deficiency in the soil, it is usually caused by either too much or too little soil moisture.  The best way to prevent the problem is to plant in raised beds, mulch your plants and provide adequate, but not excessive, water on a regular basis. — Chris S. Corby, Publisher

Rx bottles used as seed containers. (Photo by Cherie Foster Colburn)

Gardening tips

"I stick used Rx pill containers in the dishwasher, peel off the softened prescription label, and put my dried veggie, flower and tree seeds in them," writes Cherie Foster Colburn. "A stick-on mailing label works great to remind me what is in the bottle and the date it was harvested. They can go in the freezer to store for a longer period, or given to friends wrapped in brown paper gathered at the top and tied with a piece of twine."

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Applying a thick layer of mulch around trees and bedding plants will reduce water requirements by as much as 50 percent as well as eliminate weeds and keep the soil cool. Natural mulches like straw, hay, pine needles and cedar bark are excellent choices. If you use hay, be sure that it was not treated with herbicide. Grass clippings are a good choice as well, but it is preferable to mow frequently and leave them on the lawn.

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.

San Antonio: 14th Annual Festival of Flowers, Saturday, May 28. One of the largest gardening events in South Texas. Featured attractions include the Alamo Area Horticulture Show and Contest, open to all home gardeners, and the City-Wide Plant Exchange, Texas’ largest plant and seed exchange with more than 1,000 plants traded each year. Morning seminars include Jim Kamas and Dr. Larry Stein on peach trees for home landscapes; gardening in the shade with Mark Peterson; Dr. Jerry Parsons explaining how new drought-tolerant plants are discovered and developed; and Texas heirloom bulbs with Danny Fowler. Bob Webster moderates the afternoon Organic Roundtable with panelists John Dromgoole, Malcolm Beck, Bruce Deuley, Stuart Franke, Judy Barrett and Noel Garcia. Shop for plants, organic products, landscape supplies and garden accessories. GO TEXAN Farmer’s Market, floral design competition, rain barrel demonstrations and herb-cooking. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Alzafar Shrine. Admission $6 for adults. Free parking. Carts and wagons welcome. Presented by San Antonio Water System in cooperation with the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association. For more information, including guidelines for the Plant Exchange and Horticulture Show, visit

Washington County: Spend a day in the garden at Barrington Living History Farm Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29. Harvest rye the old-fashioned way and learn how heirloom varieties of vegetables are grown, just as they did back in the 1850s. Try your hand at making crafts to take home. Then take a break on the dog run porch and learn about the foods pioneers grew to feed their families. See the final process of fabric production at Barrington Farm, where they have planted, watered, weeded, picked, spun and woven cotton into fabric and will be dying it different colors. The plants and animals used are all natural and were common dyes in 1850, and some are still used today in fabric and food dyes. This hands-on, dig-in-the-dirt weekend takes place at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. The farm is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, off Highway 105 on FM 1155 between Navasota and Brenham. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Farm admission fees are adults, $5; students, $3; with children 6 and under admitted free. State Park pass holders are admitted free as well. For additional information, call (936) 878-2214, ext. 246 or visit

Austin: “Plant Propagation” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Friday, June 3, at Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600-B Smith Rd., Austin. Plants have developed many methods to ensure survival. Learn propagation techniques which take advantage of some of these methods to create multiple plants from a single plant. Discover the importance of the propagation media, moisture, light, humidity, temperature, rooting hormones which ensure success. Examples of propagation by seeds, leaf and stem cuttings will be covered. This free seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For more information see or call the Master Gardener Public Gardening Help Desk at(512-854-9600.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club Garden Tour will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets are available at Puckett's Nursery, 811 E. Main, Allen. Enjoy touring six beautifully landscaped gardens in the Allen area and see water-wise plantings, outdoor living spaces, wildlife habitats, water features and more. For more information, visit

Seabrook: Louis Mickler, Harris County Master Gardener, will speak on Growing Plants from Seeds and Cuttings from 6:30 p.m. until-9 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lake side), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Seabrook: Glenn Olsen, past president of the Native Plant Society of Texas and past vice president of education for the Houston Audubon Society, will speak on Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds and Butterflies at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit:

Austin: Learn how to build Rain Gardens June 18, from 10 a.m. until noon at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Excess stormwater carries urban landscape contaminants into storm drains and soil erosion causes sediments to accumulate in our water resources. Dr. Dotty Woodson, Water Resources Specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension, will tell us how to protect streams, rivers and lakes by building a rain garden. These lovely gardens are attractive landscape features planted with perennial native plants designed to absorb stormwater which filters it through plant roots and soil microorganisms. Attend this presentation and you’ll be ready to make your own beautiful solution. 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

Rockport: Richard Snyder, Master Gardener, will lead "Basic Irrigation Maintenance and Design," from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, phone 361-790-0103.

San Antonio: The Composter Training by Lou Kellogg and the Bexar County Master Gardeners is back is scheduled for June 22-24 in San Antonio. Topics include building a compost bin, hands-on lessons in how to compost, a visit to the state's largest compost operation, soils science, and presentations from leading compost experts. The classes will he held on the grounds of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. This intensive multi-day training empowers Master Gardeners with knowledge and skills to support and multiply Texas AgriLife Extension Service efforts in Earth-Kind educational programs in their counties. Attendance is limited to Master Gardeners. The fee is $225 for the classes and meals. For more information and an application contact David Rodriguez, County Extension Agent - Horticulture at 210-467-6575 or

Austin: “Joys of Container Gardening” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Friday, July 15, at AgriLife Extension Office, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin. Blooming flowers and vegetables can thrive in a container! This gardening method is especially useful if space is limited. Containers may also serve as accent points on the patio or in the garden. Learn how to select a container and the right soil, discover ideal container plants, and witness arranging techniques you can replicate to create your own mini-garden. 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 or call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 512- 854-9600.

Rockport: DJ Chilcoat, Master Gardener, and Jeanna C. Godfrey, DVM, Master Gardener, will present "Art in the Garden, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call 361-790-0103.

Nacogdoches: Greg Grant leads "Everything you wanted to know about turf grass, but were afraid to ask" from 9 a.m. until noon, July 23, in Room 118, Ag Building, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more information or to make reservations, call 936-468-18312 or email

Nacogdoches: Greg Grant leads "Landscape Design" from 9 a.m. until noon, September 10, in Room 118, Ag Building, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches. $15 members, $20 non-members. For more information or to make reservations, call 936-468-18312 or email

Conroe: The Montgomery County Master Gardener Association is pleased to present Greg Grant, Horticulturist, Plant Propagator and Humorist on Tuesday, October 4. The program will start at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Thomas LeRoy Education Center, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe, which is across the street from the Lone Star Convention Center. Greg is a contributor to Texas Gardener Magazine, among others, and his topic for the evening will be Home Landscaping — Texas: Right Plant, Right Place. His talk will include basic landscaping design principles as well as some of his favorite plants. This is a rare opportunity to see one of Texas’ best gardening speakers in a local setting. The fee will be $20.00 per person and seating will be limited. Please call 936-539-7824 Monday through Friday for more information, or visit There will also be information available about the Montgomery County Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Sale at this event, which will be held Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.


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 or call 281-855-5600.

Rockport: Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail or call 361-790-0103.

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. 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

Brownwood: The Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk Ave., Brownwood. For further information, call Mary Green Engle at 325-784-8453.

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

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 or contact contact

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. 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 and

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

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

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

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

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardeners meet at 2 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at McGregor House, 1628 W. Henderson, Cleburne, which includes a program and a meet & greet. For more information, call Diane Asberry at 817-558-3932.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 or call Bea at 210-999-7292.

Leander: The Leander Garden Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 10:30 a.m. at the Leander Presbyterian Church, 101 N. West Drive, Leander, unless there is a field trip or an event at a member's home. Following a short business meeting, there is usually a program, followed by a shared pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call Cathy Clark-Ramsey at 512-963-4698 or email

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

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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