Garden View: Gardening programs for the new decade

There’s nothing like spending a week with your family to make you want to run to the backyard for some quality time with your plants. I kid, hopefully you’ve had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. A good break is always refreshing and I know I’ll be ready to get busy as the New Year rolls in.

The Master Gardeners are ready with a great line up of programs to kick off the New Year. All the workshops listed below will be held at the Master Gardener Educational Garden located at 509 E. Earling Rd., in San Juan.

Most workshops will run from 9 to 11 a.m., but are subject to change.

The first workshop of the New Year will be “Tool Time” on Jan. 18, 2020.

A great way to kick off a new year of gardening is to make sure your tools are well maintained and in good shape to get back out in the yard.

We are so lucky to be able to grow a variety of crops almost year round here. Join the Master Gardeners on January 25th as they explain “Vegetable Container Gardening.”

Learn how to prepare containers to grow your favorite vegetables in the smallest of spaces and what to plant as we move from winter into spring.

If you are new to vegetable gardening, you won’t want to miss the “Raised Bed & Drip Irrigation” workshop on Feb. 8, 2020. Learn how to construct a raised bed for gardening and how to equip it with drip irrigation making sure you have an efficient water supply directly to the root zone. Raised beds are great for all types of plants and can be especially helpful if you have poor drainage in your yard.

Vegetable gardening is one of our most requested workshops, so if you missed the first one you’ll have another chance to join the “Spring Vegetable Planting” planting workshop on Feb. 15, 2020. Herb gardens are not only beautiful, they can be useful as well. They smell great, attract beneficial insects and can provide you with fresh herbs to season your foods or make fragrant teas. Join the Master Gardeners on Feb. 29, 29 at the “Herbs” workshop and learn what herbs grows best here and how to care for them.

If you’ve been fairly successful at gardening it’s time to advance to the next step: propagation. Master Gardeners will be teaching “Air-Layering & Self-Watering Propagation” on March 14, 2020. Not only will you learn two different propagation techniques, but you will see demonstrations and have hands on activities to help you master these techniques.

Check the Hidalgo County Extension page (https://hidalgo.agrilife.org) under the Gardening tab for additional information and registration for each workshop.

Have you attended all of our workshops? Are you interested in sharing what you have learned? Maybe you would like to become a Master Gardener? We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 Master Gardener Training Program, which will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning in April 2020. For more information contact the Hidalgo County 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.