Have You Taken a Soil Test Lately? Can you tell how much nitrogen is in your soil? Do you know just by looking if your soil has too much phosphorus? Of course not. That is why you need a soil test. If you are adding fertilizers without testing first, you are possibly wasting money on fertilizers. Even worse, you may be doing harm to your plants by providing either inadequate or excessive amounts of certain nutrients. A soil test is simple to … [Read more] about Have You Taken a Soil Test Lately?
Basic skills for the modern day homesteader.
Correcting Crape Murder Clearly, the people who owned our property prior to us, and who lived on it a lifetime, loved Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) trees. There are 22 of these gorgeous trees on our land. These tall graceful beauties, with cinnamon and … [Read more] about Correcting Crape Murder
Cut Flower Garden Presentation Offered Henderson County Master Gardener Association (HCMGA) intern Cindy Oliver will present “Cut Flower Gardening - Warm Season Annuals” on Tuesday, March 19, 5:30 p.m., Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. … [Read more] about Cut Flower Garden Presentation Offered
The Change of Seasons By Lydia Holley The seasons change slowly, fighting for control. The youngest, strongest season always wins, but not without a few last-minute punches from the old one. This is what happens in late February/early March. Winter … [Read more] about The Change of Seasons
February Thunder Master Gardeners will be giving presentations at the Keep Athens Beautiful Home and Garden Show on Saturday, March 2, held at the Henderson County Regional FairPark Complex, 3356 Hwy 31 E, Athens. Speakers will be: Shannon Greene, … [Read more] about February Thunder
Leaf Spot I used to have several dwarf Indian hawthorns (Rhaphiolepis indica) lining the porch to my front door. They were lovely - evergreen in winter, blooms in spring, a beautiful backdrop to summer perennials. I heartily recommended these shrubs to … [Read more] about Leaf Spot
Square Foot Gardening Presentation Offered Master Gardener Susan Skommesa will present “Square Foot Gardening” on Tuesday, February 19, 5:30 p.m., Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens, Texas. This presentation is part of … [Read more] about Square Foot Gardening Presentation Offered
Magical Microclimates Does your garden have microclimates? Microclimates are small pockets of areas which have different weather conditions than the general area. For example, if you have an area in your garden which is surrounded by concrete, this area … [Read more] about Magical Microclimates
Prune, Don’t Shear these Shrubs Do you have shrubs that grow from several canes emerging from near the ground? There are numerous types of shrubs which grow like this, some of which are: abelia, beautyberry (Callicarpa), flowering quince (Chaenomeles), … [Read more] about Prune, Don’t Shear these Shrubs
Will My Daffodils Freeze? When you first plant your bulb, or if they have been in the ground over summer, the cool, moist soil triggers the bulb into growing roots. This happens when the soil reaches around 60 degrees. It is at that time when something … [Read more] about Will My Daffodils Freeze?