- March 12 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmGregg County Extension Office Longview
Kelsey Creek Farm ~~Rethinking Gardening~~
__Bruce Williams President-Elect of the Gregg County Master Gardeners Association__
As I write this it is 26 degrees on the 4th of March here in Longview,Texas. We had a overnight freezing rain turned to snow a couple of nights ago that still covers all the trees and shrubs with ice, even breaking dry pine branches from the weight. Possumhaw, Plums, strawberries, ornamental Pears, quince and some of the deciduous magnolias have all bloomed because of a week of warm temperatures. They all have been hit by this perfect icing that happened; a seemingly never ending winter has a lot of us gardening types anticipating a letup that started early before Halloween. The 2013 Fall was a beautiful one because of the rain and sliding temperatures kept color changing leaves on the trees longer. So, every rose has it’s thorn.
This has given everyone a little longer to do soil preparation, planning and researching our garden passions. There has been a big change in gardening philosophy in the last decade in which there are deep divides in how food production, trees and general horticultural practices should be carried out.
What has overwhelmingly been proven to be a better method is the no till gardening and water conservation techniques such as the Earthkind model carried out by Texas A&M. I was given a wonderful 3 hour tour by Kent Ormsby a month ago with Pete Quinn Vice-President and Master Gardener of the Year in 2013. Kent was enthusastic showing how he worked with nature instead of dominating it through breaking ground with “iron” on it as he says. The start of the year we will be blessed to hear from:
GREGG Master GARDENERS
LEARN AT LUNCH
WEDNESDAY, MAR. 12, 2014
NOON – 1:00 PM