East Texas Gardening Guide and Calendar is published

Published on Wednesday, 6 December 2017 22:11 - Written by SHERRI MATTHEWS, Smith County Master Gardeners

The 2018 East Texas Gardening Guide and Calendar, prepared by the Smith County Master Gardeners, is available for purchase. It is eagerly awaited each year by gardeners in the East Texas area. Gardeners moving to this area find it invaluable to help them become familiar with the soil, climate, pests and diseases here.

Each month has a full page calendar with daily blocks large enough to write helpful gardening reminders and observations. The education page for each month contains a very informative article on a bulb that will perform well in East Texas. Greg Grant, Smith County horticulture agent, selected some of the bulbs that grow well in his garden. There also is a frequently asked question on each page. These questions are most commonly asked of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office. The short articles contain useful information needed in many gardens. The “Things to Do” each month is a great guide for keeping your garden beautiful. There is enough space to record notes about your garden for future reference.

This calendar also includes an article on rose rosette disease written by Grant. This is a very important disease to become familiar with if you grow roses. Several articles are included about the history of Master Gardeners in Smith County and also how to become a Master Gardener, including a list of projects Master Gardeners are involved in at the present time.

The vegetable planting chart will give you the best dates to plant your vegetables in this area. Gardening events for 2018 are listed inside the front cover and at the end of the calendar is a list of helpful websites for gardening information. All of the wonderful pictures in the calendar were taken by Smith County Master Gardeners and showcase beautiful plants growing in and around East Texas.

The 2018 calendar is a perfect holiday gift and sells for $7. Be sure to buy one for yourself, also. Calendars can be purchased at: Blue Moon Garden, Edom; In the Wind; Breedlove Nursery; The Potpourri House; Cycle of Seasons, Lindale; Rainer’s Nursery; Dory’s Garden;    Roquemore’s Hardware, Whitehouse; Fleming Farm and Ranch, Lindale; Tyler Rose Garden Museum store; Hand Nursery;    Senter’s Nursery; Harris Nursery;    Southland Feed; Harris Nursery Garden Station; Steele’s Feed and Seed, Troup; and the Tyler Public Library.

You can receive the calendar by mail. Just send a request including a $10 check made out to Smith County Master Gardeners.

The Master Gardening program is a volunteer organization of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. It is comprised of people from all walks of life who enjoy teaching others about all aspects of gardening.