Master Gardener Market Day

Master Gardener Market Day is just around the corner! We all wait for it, so get there early on Saturday, April 16. They will feature plants that are adapted for our area. Many of the plants are in the EarthKind program, which means that they require little special care. Lots of vendors will be there who will offer a range of interesting products, even homemade cookies, links and drinks. In tandem, as always, is the Master Gardener Flea Market. Peek through for trash and treasures just waiting for you to take them home.

Master Gardeners will be staffing a booth just waiting to answer your questions. This year’s Master Gardener president is Melody Weaver, who says that they will have lots of information on lawns, citrus, trees, plants and vegetables. Hours this year are 8 a.m. until noon at Hangar 4 at Jack Brooks Regional Airport. Parking and admission are free.

Gardeners can get information on the upcoming MG Short Course. This year’s course will be held on Wednesdays from 1 until 6 p.m. August through September. Requests from potential class members who could not take two entire weeks in the summer for classes have produced this option. Hope you can attend! The class will be limited so early registration is suggested.

There are currently about 80 certified Master Gardeners in our community. There are also interns who are working on their certification who will graduate in June. The MG group averages more than 5,000 volunteer hours a year. It takes 50 hours to certify and 45 hours a year to maintain your certification. These hours are divided between the Airport Test Garden, office and community activities. The program is flexible and there are always lots of activities to participate in, so the hours aren’t difficult to learn, said Anne Bares, MB volunteer. She added that, “One of our new students earned hours by rebuilding and painting the sign in their neighborhood and landscaping the area around it. As others saw this, they asked to help, and people who had lived there for a long time got acquainted.” Some MGs have created power point programs that they have presented to schools and other local groups.

The goal of Master Gardeners is to share, educate and promote horticulture throughout Southeast Texas. They are a part of the Texas A&M System. Saturday, May 7, will be a great day with a food preservation and storage workshop. You will learn about drying fruits, dry pack canning and wet pack canning of fruits, vegetables and meats. Call Peggy at (409) 835-8461 to register for either class or the Master Gardener class.

Joette is an avid gardener and prides  herself on staying up-to-date on the latest gardening activities and tips. To share your gardening news with Joette, call 832-1400 or fax her at 832-6222. Her e-mail is joreger [at] msn [dot] com.