Garden View: Upcoming local gardening programs, workshops

Even through the hottest days of summer, the Master Gardeners have been busy improving and maintaining their 1-acre Educational Garden located in San Juan. This garden is a wonderful resource to the community as it allows people to see firsthand how different ornamentals, vegetables and fruits grow in our environment. Master Gardeners use the garden regularly as an aid to teach the community about a variety of horticultural topics.

If you’ve never visited the Master Gardener Educational Garden, you need to take a tour. Master Gardeners are there Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, and would love to show you around.

Along with all their hard work in the garden, they’ve also been busy in the classroom planning out a fantastic lineup of gardening programs for this fall.

Workshops next month include Container Gardening on Sept. 21 and Lawn Maintenance and Tools on Sept. 28.

Nothing makes a better addition to your garden than beautifully arranged potted plants.

Come learn the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” style of arrangement and how to best care for potted plants. Many lawn issues arise from poor maintenance and cultural practices that stress the grass and make it more susceptible to pests and disease. Make sure the grass is greener on your side by learning how to properly maintain your lawn, and have the best tools to do so.

On Oct. 12, we will host the annual Master Gardener Fall Festival and Plant Sale. This is a great opportunity to visit the Educational Garden, support Master Gardeners by buying plants, and get trustworthy advice on plant care. In addition to the plant sale, there will be a silent auction, a raffle, three mini workshops and a seed exchange hosted by the Master Naturalists.

Air-Layering and Self-Watering Propagation workshop on Oct. 26.

This is a great workshop for anyone interested in propagating their own plants. Air-layering is a useful method of propagation that allows you to produce a good sized plant in the fraction of the time it would take to start it from seed.

A Herb & Basil workshop will take placeon Nov. 9 and a Draped Hypertufa Planter workshop on Nov. 23.

Herb gardens are such a useful addition to any landscape or potted plant garden. Not only are they pretty and smell great, but they have so many culinary and medicinal uses that they will certainly earn their spot in your garden. Hypertufa is a cement mixture that can be used to form flower pots. Not only is this a fun interactive experience, but you’ll go home with a lovely pot for your garden.

Workshops for Stacked Hypertufa Planters and Worm Composting will be held Dec. 7 and 21, respectively. Stacked hypertufa is a different method of using the cement mixture to make a flower pot. You won’t want to miss worm composting, not only is this a great way to reduce your kitchen waste but the resulting compost is extremely rich in nutrients and your plants will love it.

The Educational Garden is located at 509 E. Earling Rd., San Juan, behind the Precinct 2 Multipurpose Building.

For more information on Master Gardener workshops contact the Extension Office.

Ashley Gregory is the Horticulturalist for Hidalgo County with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. She can be reached at the Hidalgo County Extension Office at (956) 383-1026 or by email at ahgregory@ag.tamu.edu.