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Gardening to attract all, is gardening to attract none. Like many things in life, achieving focus is the key to success in attracting monarch butterflies.
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Love this idea & am digging out the yoga mat.
 
Make a Yoga Garden This Year
yoga garden - Johnsen Landscapes    Picture yourself being outside in a garden on a warm sunny morning.
Nearby, birds are singing and flowers
are blooming. This is a perfect space to unroll a yoga mat and embark on some
‘sun salutations’.  So why not create...
yoga gardens, zen gardens, serenity garden, calming garden, yoga, healing garden. landscape design for healing, spa garden, outdoor yoga setting, therapy garden
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Looking for a furever home for this cute beauty, our Santa found him before holidays but can't keep him like he wanted to, he's moving (currently in the height's area). Interested? Or know anyone who might be interested? LMK
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COLLECTION OF DORMANT PEACH AND PLUM GRAFTWOOD e-mail galvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register. Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.. The demonstration of collecting and storing useful graft wood (scions) for future use will be presented by Galveston County Master Gardeners ...
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Researchers at the University of Guelph surprised even themselves with their findings on where monarch butterflies come from.
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Anyone else into gardening or community gardening? Need some tips??


LM is getting ready to start a community garden, is anyone joining or heard about this?


Checkout January's list of events hosted by Galveston County Master Gardeners.

Now's the time to get involved, sign up and attend for FREE! Promise you'll learn something useful & new.


COLLECTION OF DORMANT PEACH AND PLUM GRAFTWOOD         
 e-mail galvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register
Thursday, January 5, 2017
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The demonstration of collecting and storing useful graft wood (scions) for future use will be presented by Galveston County Master Gardeners Sue Jeffco and Herman Auer. This presentation will take place in the GC Master Gardeners' Research and Demonstration Garden in Carbide Park. 
 

WEDGE GRAFTING          
  e-mail galvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register
Saturday, January 7, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Interested in grafting your home fruit trees or ornamental plants? Master Gardener Sue Jeffco will discuss the when, how, why's, and step-by-step procedure for wedge grafting. If weather permits, after the classroom session join Sue in the Demonstration Orchard for hands-on grafting. Grafting specialists will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance. NOTE: Class is limited to 32 persons participating. You must pre-register to participate. Others are welcome to observe.

 

PROPAGATION OF PLANTS BY CUTTINGS       
  e-mailgalvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register  
Saturday, January 7, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
This is the time of the year when many plants propagate very well from cuttings. Master Gardener Bill Cummins will present a program on propagation using stem cutting with a hands-on workshop on the propagation of roses using this method. Participants are asked to bring a hand pruner and a sharp knife or box cutter.  All other materials will be provided. Limited to 24 participants. You must pre-register in order to participate in the hands-on demonstration. Other persons may attend for observation only.

GROWING GREAT TOMATOES (Part 2)         e-mailgalvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register
Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
This is part two of the three-part program on Growing Great Tomatoes in Galveston County. Master Gardener Ira Gervais will reveal his secrets of successful planting and producing great tomatoes. Learn about the various varieties that do well in this area, making your selections, when to transplant your seedlings and various growing techniques. Information about soil requirements, needed nutrients and the temperature range for best tomato fruit set will be included. With this knowledge, you can become the tomato king or queen on your street.

SUCCESSFUL SPRING VEGETABLE GARDENING         
   e-mailgalvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register
Saturday, January 14, 2017
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Master Gardener Herman Auer, a vegetable specialist with 50 years of hands-on experience growing vegetables, will discuss how to plan and start a vegetable garden, location, and the best plant varieties for Galveston County. He will also cover pollination, mulching, the effects of full sun and shade on leafy and fruiting vegetables, and garden failures.

GARDENING BY THE SQUARE FOOT          
  e-mailgalvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This program, presented by Master Gardener John Jons, is an introduction to the method of gardening by the square foot. Discover this unique way of planning the bed, selecting plants, building the bed, maintaining the bed, and renewing the bed. This is an ideal program for anyone who would like to learn a simple, productive method of gardening that will enable one to teach children or adults with limitations how to learn and enjoy gardening.

FIG TREE PRUNING AND PROPAGATION  
 e-mailgalvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register
Thursday, January 19, 2017
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Master Gardener Terry Cuclis will demonstrate fig tree pruning and propagation. He will share with you his lifetime of knowledge about figs and pruning them.  Bring your gardening gloves.. This presentation will take place in the Galveston County Master Gardener Research & Demonstration Garden in Carbide Park.

GROWING PEACHES IN GALVESTON COUNTY           
e-mailgalvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register
Saturday, January 28, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Galveston County Master Gardener Herman Auer. Learn the better variety selections (both white and yellow flesh) for growing in Galveston County, what to look for when buying your peach tree, and the best planting locations (drainage is important). Topics will include chill hours, rootstock, pruning to shape, and thinning methods that lead to larger fruit. Also, learn how to judge ripening dates and the best time to harvest. He has been producing peaches in Galveston County for over 35 years.

KITCHEN GARDENING           
 e-mail galvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register
Saturday, January 28, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Master Gardener Mary Demeny will present vegetable gardening in the backyard, with an emphasis on gardening close to the back door on a smaller scale and making use of vegetables inter-planted in flower beds and in pots. Attendees will benefit from her 60 years of vegetable gardening experience.
 

ANYONE CAN GROW ROSES          
  e-mailgalvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Master Gardener and American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian John Jons will cover the basics of successfully growing large, healthy roses in Galveston County. The presentation will include rose bed design and building, rose variety selection, and ongoing care.

 

 




COLLECTION OF DORMANT PEACH AND PLUM GRAFTWOOD e-mail galvcountymgs@gmail.com to pre-register. Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.. The demonstration of collecting and storing useful graft wood (scions) for future use will be presented by Galveston County Master Gardeners Sue Jeffco and ...
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Owls are one of the most stunning, graceful, and majestic creatures the forest has to offer. Sompob Sasi Smith, a photographer based in Thailand, has found himself fascinated with the amazing birds and has captured some incredible shots of the birds. The photographer Sasi Smith, captured these owls in all of their splendor and the pictures …
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It's a good time to review the Soil Food Web!

These are my notes from spending 5 glorious days with Dr. Elaine Ingham, the soil microbiologist who coined the term “Soil Food Web.”
I've just returned from spending 5 glorious days with Dr. Elaine Ingham, the soil microbiologist who coined the term “Soil Food Web.” It was, indeed, intense. Even though I'd been circling this information since 2009 when I saw Jeff Lowenfels speak about the Soil Food Web and his then upcoming ...
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Howdy from S. Texas everyone. I grew up in the country in OK and worked in our garden just about daily. Met, and married a guy from the city moved away, have been together since 1982. We began gardening right after joining plantswap in 2012, just a few years after we moved to a new house on a 1/2acre. Looking for ways to live healthier, through the foods we eat since we now have a small area to garden, I got into plantswapping online in 2011 with plantswap.net & got involved in our local plantswap in May 2012 thats about when we began growing your own fruits/vegatables as well. The rewards are awesome, and awesomely good to eat as well.
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