Come walk around the Montgomery County Master Gardeners Association Demonstration Gardens at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. There’s much to be seen and you may just learn something new. We’ve got Aquaponics, Bees, Children’s Discovery Garden…everything all the way to Veggies!
Save the date for our Next Sale, March 24th. Thanks to all of you that attended our Fruit and Nut Tree sale.
We want to let you know that we are going to have Avocado and Lemon trees at the Spring Sale. They sold out so quickly at the Tree sale that there were a lot of disappointed people, so we are getting in plenty next time. Please come and see us again.
MCMGA Fruit and Nut Tree Sale, This Saturday, January 27
by Nita Schiro, Master Gardener
The sale you have been waiting for is almost here! Be sure to bring your family and friends to the Texas AgriLife Extension office, 9020 Airport Road in Conroe on January 27th for the MCMGA annual bare-root fruit and nut tree sale. The sale is being held from 9 A.M. till 12:00 noon, and you don’t want to miss it! Rain Shine or Chilly… and at 8:00 A.M. Michael Potter, Montgomery County Horticulture Agent, will provide an informational presentation highlighting varieties in the sale. The entire list of plants available can be viewed online at www.mcmga.com.
If you’re eager to grow your own grapes, the Victoria Red is a great choice. Victoria has proven to be a high-quality yield fruit for the home gardener, as well as consistently disease resistant. Of course, we will be selling other berries and fruits you have come to expect such as blackberries, bare root peach trees, citrus and pecan trees.
Ever thought about growing raspberries? You might want to try the Red Raspberry Itsaul Summer. This popular, ever-bearing raspberry, bears red fruit throughout summer on both new and old canes. Plants can be grown in the ground or easily grown in a trellised container.
Are you thinking of eating more fruit this year, and want to grow your own? They say an apple a day makes for a healthy way to start the new year! A popular southern favorite along the Gulf coast is the Anna apple. This compact beauty produces fast and is virtually problem free. Growing fruit is a breeze because the Anna apple is self-fertile so it requires no other pollinator. Don’t let that stop you from planting another variety close by though, such as the Dorset Golden Apple.
If you’re in the market for avocados to add to your garden, we will have two varieties of Mexican avocado trees available at this sale. The two varieties are the Joey and the Mexicola Grande. Both varieties ripen anywhere from August through to November and very cold hardy (down to 17-18 degrees F). Both varieties have an almost black or purple skin. The Joey fruit is medium in size where the Mexicola is larger.
We will offer many varieties of blueberries including Powder Blue, Premier, Southern Bell and Sweet Crisp. Blueberries need at least two, or even three other varieties to assure pollination and good production and can be successfully grown in large pots filled with peat or an acid soil mix. The Powder Blue
Blueberry gets its name from the powder blue blush that the berries gain upon ripening. Blooms form in late spring with a harvest in late summer. The blueberries are medium-sized, firm, and packed with juicy, sweet flavor.
Don’t forget to browse the many varieties of peach trees available at the sale, including the Bonanza Miniature, Tex King and Texstar. Tex King produces a yellow-fleshed, clingstone peach that matures early in the season. Texstar is a semi-cling variety, sets heavy fruit, and ripens in early June. Both varieties require approximately 450 chill hours.
The sale is held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe 77303 from 8 am (when the presentation starts) until 12:00 noon. For further information, call 926-539-7822. The entire list of plants available can be viewed online at www.mcmga.com. Be sure to come early for the best selection of all your favorites. And BYOW, Bring Your Own Wagon if you can… we always have a line for our wagons.
We hope to see you at the sale!
by Nita Schiro, Montgomery County Master Gardener
Happy New Year everyone! It is hard to believe, but 2018 blew in along with very cold temperatures for our area. January weather in Texas is always unpredictable, but one thing you can count on is the MCMGA January Fruit and Nut tree sale will be held rain, shine or cold. This year the sale will be on January 27th, from 8 am until 12:00 noon. Be sure to mark your new calendars with that date.
As you know, this sale will feature many of your favorite berries, fruit trees, citrus, pecans and other plants that do well in Montgomery County.
If you love blackberries and want to try your hand at growing them, be sure to check out the Natchez and Ouachita thornless varieties. The fruit is easy to grow and packed with antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins, folic acid and manganese, an element which provides for healthy bone development.
Natchez, you might recall, is a cultivar released by the University of Arkansas, is a trailing plant which produces large and abundant fruit. Blackberries need well-draining, compost-rich soil and will do well in a raised-bed or in a container in full sun. Natchez is also a Texas Superstar, which is a distinction given by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, a state agency that is part of the Texas A&M University System. More information about the Texas Superstar program can be found at http://texassuperstar.com/. Ouachita is an erect thornless blackberry that produces large fruit and has good fruit storage and handling qualities.
If you are interested in growing a healthy snack that is packed with vitamins A and C, we will once again offer the Victoria Red table grape. As a joint release by the University of Arkansas, Tarkington Vineyards and Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Victoria Red is a disease resistant, seeded bunch grape that produces good yields of high-quality attractive fruit. This cultivar has shown very strong disease-resistance to the commonly known problem for grape cultivars – Pierce’s Disease – for over 25 years. Grapes do well in a wide range of soils, but rich sandy loam or clay loam soils are preferred. With our recent rains, you will want to plant them in a raised bed to avoid flooding and mucky soil, which they won’t tolerate.
We will also have several popular Muscadine varieties such as ‘Darlene’, ‘Fry Seedless’ and ‘Ison’ Black.
Visit the MCMGA website at www.mcmga.com for the complete list of fruit, citrus and pecans that will be available at the annual Fruit and Nut Tree Sale on January 27th, 2018. Sale location is 9020 Airport Road in Conroe. Any questions, call 936- 539-7824 and speak to a Master Gardener.
We hope to see you at the sale!