Consumer Horticulture

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CONSUMER HOME HORTICULTURE:

The primary focus of the consumer home horticulture program in Dallas County is to assist homeowners and residents, both single family and multifamily housing to encourage interest in environmental stewardship and home gardening. We offer a wide spectrum of literature and practical resources, host workshops and events throughout the Dallas Metroplex, provide a horticultural help desk and train, supervise and coordinate the Dallas County Master Gardener volunteer program.

Seminars cover topics such as rainwater harvesting, seasonal vegetable gardening, lawn care, tree maintenance, Earth-Kind® landscapes, propagating plants, and much more.

Horticultural Help Desk, staffed by trained Master Gardeners, is available to consumers free of charge M-F from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. For answers to your questions call (214)904-3053 or e-mail dallasmg@ag.tamu.edu.

Speaker’s Bureau provides educational programs to civic organizations, garden clubs and other groups upon request. All speakers are trained Certified Master Gardeners who have researched and developed presentation on topic of their interest. Although there is not a charge for this program, donations are accepted to support the Master Gardener program. To contact the Speaker’s Bureau, e-mail your request to speakersbureau.request@gmail.com. For further information on topics and programs please visit the DCMGA website at: http://www.dallascountymastergardeners.org/

2018 Educational Programs  Please watch the calendar for specific dates

January                                                     EarthKind(R) Landscape Design

February                                                    Fruit Planting and Pruning

February                                                     Ornamental and Shade Tree Planting and Pruning

March                                                           Spring Lawn Care & Maintenance

March                                                            Spring Into Vegetable Gardening

April                                                               Grape Planting and Pruning

April                                                                Ten Concepts of EarthKind(R) Landscape Plans

May                                                                  Spring Lawn Care

May                                                                   Rain Water Harvesting an irrigation

August                                                               Fall Vegetable Gardening

September                                                         Fall Lawn Care and Maintenance

September                                                          Fall Planting of Trees  and Shrubs

October                                                                Grape Harvest

October                                                                Putting The Garden To Bed

 

Community and School Gardens are growing in popularity. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension assist community groups, governmental organizations, public entities and schools in assessing the feasibility of establishing a community or school garden. Assistance is also available for design or the garden. If you are thinking of establishing a school or community garden, contact Stephen Hudkins, CEA/Horticulture at (214) 904-3054 or e-mail at Stephen.hudkins@ag.tamu.edu.

Gardening Resources Links

 

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Aggie Turf

 

Annual & Perennial Flowers

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http://www.ccmgatx.org/gardening-resources/plants-for-collin-county/perennials-annuals.aspx

Trees and Woody Ornamentals

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http://ekps.tamu.edu/

TEXAS SUPER STAR PLANTS

http://texassuperstar.com/plants/

OAK WILT

http://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/blog/2016/07/07/oak-wilt-tree-diseases/

https://plantdiseasehandbook.tamu.edu/landscaping/eight-step-program-to-oak-wilt-management/

 

Fruit and Nut Resources

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http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/fruit-nut/

 

Vegetables & Herbs

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Vegetable Resource Guide

PLANNING THE GARDEN

Recommended Planting Dates

Recommended Vegetable Cultivars For North Central Texas

N. TX. Urban Food Garden Fertilization Guide

Soil & Fertilizing

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http://soiltesting.tamu.edu/

Fertilizing

 

Landscaping

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http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/publications/

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/planning-the-home-landscape/

Insects, Diseases & Weeds

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Walnut Caterpillar

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http://www.texasinsects.org/tree-crops.html.

 

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Right now, you can take the 40 Gallon Challenge. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has compiled some helpful information on the need to conserve water and the 40 Gallon Challenge.  Click here to read the Texas point of view.  Click here for more information on ways you can conserve water in your home and garden today.

You can also view Texas A&M’s Water Education Network  featuring programs and education related to water conservation, water management, irrigation and water quality.

RAINWATER HARVESTING

 

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