Horticulture classes offered by County Master Gardeners

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Educational classes and events are offered by the Galveston County Master Gardeners in March 2017. All classes and programs are free to the public, except for the program on Bonsai on March 11.

The classes are located at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park at 4102 Main Street (FM 519) in La Marque.

For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 1, and then press option 2, or email [email protected]

For more information on the Master Gardener Program or the Extension Office, go to http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Bonsai with GC Master Gardener Clyde Holt will be presented March 11 from 9 – 11 a.m. Holt will provide a brief overview of what bonsai is and how to design a basic tree. He will facilitate a workshop and provide a tree, pot, soil, pruners, and wire. Class size will be limited to 10 participants, and pre-registration is required. There will be a charge of $25 to cover the cost of materials; participants will be able to keep their tree.

Composting with GC Master Gardener Jim Gilliam will be March 11 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Gilliam will demonstrate how to build a compost pile, and then explain how to use the compost created. He will provide practice information about what ingredients are needed, how to assemble them, and how to know when the compost is ready to use (“done”). Compost is that magical soil amendment that is a soil conditioner, fertilizer, and the key ingredient in organic gardening.

Tomato Stress Management, Part 3 with GC Master Gardener Ira Gervais will be presented March 18 from 9 – 11 a.m. Participants will learn about various fungal and other diseases and environmental problems that could occur in a tomato garden and how to combat or resolve them.

Culture & Care of Palms with GC Master Gardener OJ Miller will be presented March 18 from 1 – 3 p.m. Miller has over 17 years of experience with palms in the area. This program will include an introduction to palms, an overview of the exotics, and information about the commonly found palms at nurseries in the area. Included in the presentation will be planting methods, fertilization, freeze preparation, and proper care. The program will include a discussion of the better varieties for Galveston County and the surrounding area.

Turning Dirt Into Soil with GC Master Jim Gilliam will be presented March 25 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Gilliam will explain the difference between dirt and soil, soil structure and characteristics, pH, nutrients, sources and strategies for soil amendment, soil testing and cultural practices. He will emphasize how to improve participants’ existing soil.

Galveston County residents needing help on horticultural issues can call the help line at 281-534-3413 ext.1 and press option 1 to ask a Master Gardener.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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