Welcome to the Llano Master Gardener weekly column on gardening in Llano County. We will be offering lots of information, tips, and advice for local gardeners.
The Texas Master Gardener program is an educational, volunteer program operated under the auspices of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System. Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their own landscapes and are willing to learn and help others.
In order to become a certified Master Gardener, each person must attend an extensive training program that addresses all areas of horticulture and are then required to contribute time as a volunteer in the community. Llano County Master Gardeners come from all walks of life but we all have a desire to learn more about gardening and to help spread that knowledge.
This year, Llano Master Gardeners will be working closely with the City of Llano to help educate citizens about planting and maintaining gardens during times of drought. We also will emphasize making the most of our water resources through rain water collection.
Llano Master Gardeners have designed and maintain several demonstration gardens throughout Llano County. Future columns will highlight these gardens and we invite you to visit them to learn more about plants to include in your own landscape.
For now, we would encourage you to start planning that spring vegetable garden or making changes to your flower gardens to make them more water wise. Gardening involves planning and even though we still have some cold weather ahead, you will be ever so glad that you started thinking about your spring garden now. A good starting place for Texas garden planning information is http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu. Many of our area nurseries also offer gardening workshops.
As a general rule, Llano Master Gardeners meet on the third Thursday of each month. Our meetings begin with an informative program that is open to the public and usually lasts about an hour. We also organize a yearly lawn and garden show featuring speakers and a variety of lawn and garden vendors. The 2013 Lawn and Garden Show is scheduled for March 16, 9 am – 2 pm at St. James Lutheran Church, Schorlemmer Hall. Check back here and on our website, www.llanomaster gardener.org for more information on Llano Master Gardeners, our projects, and for links to more gardening resources.