Gardening events in the Houston area

Brazoria County Master Gardeners’ Fruit and Citrus Tree Sale: 8 a.m.-noon at the Brazoria County Fair Grounds, 901 S. Downing, Angleton; txmg.org/brazoria.

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek; ute.schaefer@ag.tamu.edu or 713-274-0959. $50 for rain barrel and supplies.

Soil Health & Evaluation: with Galveston County Master Gardener Jim Gillian. 1-2:30 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Saving Planet Houston: lecture series, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in February at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; field trips 9 a.m.-noon or 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Pruning Roses: with Galveston County Master Gardener John Jons. 9-10 a.m. at Galveston County Master Gardeners’ Research & Demonstration Garden, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 Fruit Tree and Tomato Sale: plant preview 8 a.m., sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Campbell Hall, Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff, Pasadena; hcmga.tamu.edu.

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Urban Harvest’s Designing our Green Home and Communities Through Permaculture Series:

First of seven classes. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the University of Houston, Central Campus, McElhinney Hall, 3601 Cullen; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $270 members, $383 nonmembers.

Grow Your Own Fruit: with John Panzarella. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com.

Lecture series runs 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in February at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; field trips 9 a.m.-noon or 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Quail Valley Garden Club program. 9:30 a.m. at the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point, Missouri City; quailvalleygardenclub.org.

Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 program. 10-11:30 a.m. at Genoa Friendship Garden education building, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff; hcmga.tamu.edu.

Inspired by Art, Created by Designers: with Houston Designing Women.

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Montgomery County Master Gardeners’ Fruit and Nut Tree Sale: 8 a.m. plant program, 9 a.m.-noon. sale at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 9020 Airport, Conroe; 936-539-7824, plant list at mcmga.com.

Harris County Master Gardeners’ Fruit Tree Sale and Symposium: 8 a.m. at Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu.

Growing Peaches in Galveston County: with Galveston County Master Gardener Herman Auer. 9-11 a.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Urban Harvest’s Basic Fruit Tree Care: 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Moran Hall, 5555 Hermann Park Drive; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $35 members, $45 nonmembers.

Build a Bed with Edible Earth Resources: with Scott Snodgrass. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com.

The Woodlands Arbor Day Celebration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands in The Woodlands.

Urban Harvest’s Sustainable Living Through Permaculture, Class 2: 12:30-5:30 p.m. the University of Houston, Central Campus, classroom and building TBA; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $50.

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Urban Harvest’s Fruit Tree Pre-Sale Talk: 9:30 a.m.-noon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Pecore Hall, 1805 W. Alabama; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $5 cash at door.

Peckerwood Garden Insider’s Tour: monthly focused look at the garden. 10 a.m.-noon at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.org. $10, members free.

Propagation of Plants by Cuttings: with Galveston County Master Gardener Bill Cummins. 1-2:30 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Tomball Garden Club event. 9:30 a.m. in the Amegy Bank Community Room, 28201 Texas 249, Tomball; tomballgardenclub@gmail.com.

Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 Lecture Series. 10-11:30 a.m. at the Genoa Friendship Garden Educational Building, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff; hcmga.tamu.edu.

Backyard Rose Hybridizing: with John Jons, American Rose Society consulting rosarian and Galveston County Master Gardener. 7:30 p.m. in the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive; houstonrose.org.

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Collection of Dormant Peach & Plum Graft Wood: with Galveston County Master Gardeners Sue Jeffco and Herman Auer. 9-10 a.m. at Galveston County Master Gardeners’ Research and Demonstration Garden, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com.

Soils, Fertilizers and Other Products as Organic Solutions: with Louis Bennett of Wabash Feed and Garden Store.

Nottingham Country Garden Club program. 9:30 a.m. at the Municipal Utility Building, 805 Hidden Canyon, Katy; nottinghamardenclub.org.

Urban Harvest’s Fruit Tree Pre-Sale Talk: 9:30 a.m.-noon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Pecore Hall, 1805 W. Alabama; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $5 cash at door.

Peckerwood Garden Insider’s Tour: monthly focused look at the garden. 10 a.m.-noon at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.org. $10, members free.

Tomball Garden Club event. 9:30 a.m. in the Amegy Bank Community Room, 28201 Texas 249, Tomball; tomballgardenclub@gmail.com.

Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 Lecture Series. 10-11:30 a.m. at the Genoa Friendship Garden Educational Building, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff; hcmga.tamu.edu.

Backyard Rose Hybridizing: with John Jons, American Rose Society consulting rosarian and Galveston County Master Gardener. 7:30 p.m. in the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive; houstonrose.org.

Urban Harvest’s Growing Organic Vegetable Series: A 10-class series. 6:30-9 p.m. at the University of Houston, Central Campus, classroom TBA; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $230 members, $330 nonmembers.

Gulf Coast Fruit Study Group lecture. 6:30-8 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek Drive; 281-855-5600, gcfsg.weebly.com.

Evening at Peckerwood Garden Lecture: with horticulturist Adam Black. 7-8 p.m. at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.org. $10 nonmembers, members $5.

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Tips for keeping Mexican petunias, nutgrass in check

Could you tell me how to kill the roots of Mexican petunias?

[…] I also find both the tall and compact forms extremely vigorous.

Without a gardener’s watchful eye, these prolific reseeding, root-expanding perennials quickly can outgrow their welcome in the landscape.

If you’re weary of digging up this pest, organic gardeners, including the Dirt Doctor Howard Garrett, recommend molasses to control nutgrass.

Drench troublesome areas with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of liquid horticultural molasses per gallon of water.

The shrubs are more than 5 years old, and I keep them trimmed like a hedge along the backyard (full sun) flower beds.

Is it possible these shrubs have only a few years that we would enjoy those beautiful blooms and they stop after a certain number of years?

Loropetalum sets buds in summer that become late-winter to early-spring blooms.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

Gardening events in the Houston area

With Galveston County Master Gardener Ira Gervais. 9-11:30 a.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102-B Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

With Galveston County Master Gardener Jim Gilliam, 1-2:30 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102-B Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

With Scott Snodgrass of Edible Earth Resources. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com.

Christmas Open House: 2-6 p.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com.

Tomball Garden Club event. 9:30 a.m. in the Amegy Bank Community Room, 28201 Texas 249, Tomball; tomballgardenclub@gmail.com.

Tasting, seminar sponsored by Brazoria County Master Gardeners. 9 a.m.-noon at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 21017 County Road 171, Angleton; 979-864-1558, txmg.org/brazoria.

With Texas A&M extension specialist Monte Nesbitt. 6-8 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife AgriLife Extension Service, 4102-B Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

Gardening events in the Houston area

Growing Tomatoes from Seeds: with Galveston County Master Gardener Ira Gervais. 9-11:30 a.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102-B Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Peckerwood Insider’s Tour: monthly focused look at the garden. 10 a.m. at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.org.

Soil Health and Evaluation: with Galveston County Master Gardener Jim Gilliam, 1-2:30 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102-B Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Fruit Trees: with Scott Snodgrass of Edible Earth Resources. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com.

Christmas Open House: 2-6 p.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

Gardening events in the Houston area

Annual Enchanted Open House and Evening: 2-8 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond; 281-341-1206, my enchanted.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: 50th Annual Christmas Home Tour sponsored by Heritage Gardeners’ in Friendswood. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. bazaar, 1-5 p.m. tour. 281-992-4438, heritagegardener.org. $12 pre-tour, $15 at Marie Workman Garden Center and Briscoe Gardens, 112 W. Spreading Oaks, Friendswood, and area merchants; children 10 years and younger free.

Growing Tomatoes from Seeds: with Galveston County Master Gardener Ira Gervais. 9-11:30 a.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102-B Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Soil Health and Evaluation: with Galveston County Master Gardener Jim Gilliam, 1-2:30 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102-B Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Fruit Trees: with Scott Snodgrass of Edible Earth Resources. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com.

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