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Subject: Texas Gardener's Seeds

       November 28, 2007
      Welcome to Texas Gardener's Seeds, the weekly newsletter for Texas
gardeners. Please do not reply to this e-mail as the sending address is not
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       Lawns do have a place in waterwise gardening
      By Robert Dailey
      Freelance Writer

      You may have heard that turf (lawn) is inappropriate in waterwise

      In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. It's probably the most
misunderstood principle of waterwise gardening.

      A lawn does have a place in a garden. Even though it requires more care
and water than many other plants, it's relatively easy to maintain.

      There are a number of advantages to planting turf. Some are empirical,
while others may be somewhat subjective. For instance, a lawn helps cool the
local microclimate in the garden. It reduces erosion...something anyone who
lives in dry parts of Texas should be concerned with. Because of its texture
and color, it also reduces glare of the sun.

      One of the more subjective reasons for having a lawn in your garden is
that it provides a play area for children and adults.

      While any type of groundcover can fulfill most of the needs above, turf
is the only one that can provide a play and recreation area for children and
adults. (It's very, very difficult, not to mention messy, to play croquet on

      If you do decide to include turf in your garden, then there are several
things you need to consider. For instance, where do you want your turf
installed? How large an area do you want? How will it be used? And finally,
during which seasons do you want to use your turf?

      At this point, you are ready to limit your turf to the most useful
spaces, and also to decide which type of turf will suit your needs.

      The problem that people have with lawns is that they do use a lot of
water. However, if watered properly, and the water is not wasted, responsible
and limited use of lawns can add significantly to the beauty of your garden,
the quality of your life and the environment.

      And you can use sprinklers to water your lawn. Just make sure that you
dont use too much water and dont water for too long. Nothing is more troubling
to a gardener than to see runoff from lawns going down a storm drain. Too much
water on a lawn leaches out nutrients, allows fertilizers to get into our
water systems and wastes an awful lot of water. Dont use more water than you
need on your lawn.

      Originally published on Suite101.com.

       Gardening tips
      "When something gets out of control in the garden, such as weeds, ground
cover or invasive plants," writes Patricia Dickson, "I use the weed eater or
mower and cut the plants that I don't want to the ground. Then I take
newspapers (several layers thick and wet if the wind is blowing) and put them
right up around the plant that I am trying to save. Then I add grass clippings
(about 3 inches deep), and 3 inches of mulch. (I get my mulch from the free
mulch pile at the city landfill.) Then I top dress with mulch that I have
bought. This saves a lot of money, time and resources. One of the most
important things then is to be sure to keep it damp until the papers break
down with the grass clippings. This will form a mat that keeps the soil moist
and a more consistent temperature. You can keep the edges clean by spraying
Round Up once a month. I have started new beds or vegetable gardens this way
or kept them from being taken over by vinca or ivy or weeds."

      Have a favorite gardening tip you'd like to share? Texas Gardener's
Seeds is seeking brief gardening tips from Texas gardeners to use in future
issues. If we publish your tip in Seeds, we will seed you a free Texas
Gardener T-shirt. Here's a chance to get published and be a garden stylist as
well! Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening

       Did you know...
      Nearly 10 percent of Texas is covered by forest and that includes five
state forests and four national forests.


       Upcoming garden events
      Galveston: Festive sights and sounds will fill Moody Gardens at the
sixth annual Festival of Lights November 17 through January 5. This whimsical
celebration will kick off the holiday season on November 17, with Santa Claus
parachuting in to switch on the lights. Festival of Lights is celebrated
Thursday through Sunday November 17 through December 16, and daily beginning
December 17. Transforming its lush tropical garden setting into a winter
wonderland, Moody Gardens will be adorned with more than a million twinkling
lights and dozens of light displays. In addition to experiencing the lights,
guests can also strap on a pair of skates and glide across the ice at the
Outdoor Ice Rink at Moody Gardens. Indoors, visitors can take pictures with
Santa or even gaze upon a giant poinsettia tree. Moody Gardens will feature a
variety of holiday-themed films during the Festival of Lights. Three films
will be playing at the IMAX 3D theater and two films will be playing at the
Ridefilm theater. The Garden Restaurant will feature a delectable holiday
buffet, offered from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Group rates of $20 per person are also
available for groups of 20 or more, and include admission to Festival of
Lights and the holiday buffet. Admission into the Festival of Lights is $5.95,
and tickets to additional attractions including the Rainforest Pyramid,
holiday IMAX 3D film, holiday Ridefilm, Outdoor Ice Rink and Colonel
Paddlewheel Boat, can be purchased for only $4.00 each. For more information,
call Moody Gardens at (800) 582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.org.

      League City: The Wednesday, December 5, meeting of the Kemah-Bay Area
Garden Club will feature "Holiday Floral Designs," a presentation by Anniece
Larkins, floral designer. A light lunch will be served. The club meets at the
Amegy Bank, 303 East Main Street, League City. For additional information,
contact Nancy Busko, president, at (281) 332-5294.

      Lake Jackson: For several years John Panzarella has hosted a citrus
tasting and open house in his backyard, 404 Forest Drive, Lake Jackson, which
is about 50 miles south of Houston. The next open house will be Saturday,
December 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Taste 40 to 50 citrus varieties and see
different varieties of fruit trees. Panzarella has approximately 200 different
varieties of citrus, 50% to 70% fruiting, plus several varieties of persimmon,
sapote, guava, pawpaw, loquat, pomegranate, avocado, papaya, fig, peach,
passion fruit, mango and pecan trees growing in his backyard. You are invited
to visit, taste the citrus, and see one of the largest citrus collections in
the state of Texas and the largest collection north of the Texas Rio Grand
valley. See the giant Panzarella orange and the giant 10 lb. Panzarella
cluster lemons. You will also have the opportunity to view a multi-grafted
tree which has grapefruits, tangerines and oranges growing on it. For more
information, call (979) 297-2120, e-mail jpanza@swbell.net, or visit

      Houston: Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale will be held Saturday, January
19, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. A class describing all varieties for sale, as
well as providing vital information on how to plant and care for each type
tree will be held January 5 and 12 (your choice), from 2 to 4 p.m. A nominal
fee of $10 is charged for the class. Register for the class by calling Urban
Harvest. Sale and classes at Emerson Unitarian Church, 1900 Bering Dr.,
Houston. For detailed information about the sale as well as about fruit trees,
check the Urban Harvest website www.urbanharvest.org.

      Tomball: The annual Fruit Tree Sale and Seminar presented by Heidi of
Treesearch Farms will be held at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, on
Saturday, January 27. The day begins with a free seminar at 9 a.m. The sale
begins at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, contact (281) 351-8851 or
visit http://www.arborgate.com.

      Tyler: The 15th annual East Texas Spring Landscape & Garden Conference
will be held February 16, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Tyler Rose
Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler. Featured speakers include Dr. Jerry
Parsons, Joe Novak, Aubrey King, and Tim Lanthrum. Topics include "Texas
Superstars in Your Garden," "Secrets of Successful Vegetable Gardening,"
"Gardening for a Lifetime," "Landscaping with Texas Native Plants," "Common
Problems with Small Engines and How to Prevent Then," and "Calibrating
Sprayers and Spreaders." Cost: $15, which includes lunch. For additional
information, contact Keith Hansen at (903) 590-2980 or khansen@ag.tamu.edu, or
visit http://EastTexasGardening.tamu.edu.

      Houston: River Oaks Garden Club will host its 73rd annual Azalea Trail
Friday through Sunday, March 7, 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.
Azalea Trail, 2008, will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Miss Ima Hogg's
gift of her beautiful home and gardens, Bayou Bend, to the Museum of Fine
Arts, Houston. The trail will feature four private houses and gardens, as well
as Bayou Bend, Rienzi and the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics Building
and Gardens. Tickets for seven admissions are $15 before March 7 and $20
during the trail. Single admissions are $5. For additional information, call
(713) 523-2483 or visit http://www.riveroaksgardenclub.org.

      Tomball: The Arbor Gate will host its third annual Rose Festival March
8. More than 100 varieties of old and antique roses will be available, as will
guest speakers and informative booths. The Arbor Gate is located at 15635
FM2920, Tomball. For additional information, contact (281) 351-8851 or visit

      Burnet: The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association will sponsor the
10th Annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show, March 22, from 9:30 a.m. until
4 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center on E. Jackson in downtown Burnet. The
show features garden-related vendors, a children's booth, a raffle, and
seminars. Admission is free. For more information, visit
http://hillcountrylgshow.com or call Paula Montandon, Show Chairman, at (830)

      Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1 p.m. on the first
Wednesday of each month at a new eco-farm in Kilgore. If there is enough
interest, we will also start a Sunday afternoon monthly meeting. For more
information, call Carole Ramke at (903) 986-9475.

      League City: The Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of
each month at the Amegy Bank, 303 East Main Street, League City. For
additional information, contact Nancy Busko, president, at (281) 332-5294.

      Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of each month
at 7:30 p.m. at the little blue-gray house located at 102 N. Allen Dr., Allen.
For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

      Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of
each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information,
visit www.main.org/aog.

      Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003,
meets the second Wednesday of each month, with the exceptions of June and
July, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical
uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation, meets at 619 N. Live
Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport at 10 a.m. Sometimes they take field trips and
have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information,
contact Linda (361) 729-6037, Ruth (361) 729-8923 or Cindy (979) 562-2153 or
visit www.rockportherbs.com.

      San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second
Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels
(corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs,
visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

      Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday
of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member's
homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit

      Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing
information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the
third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton
Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more
information, call (940) 382-8551.

      Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets the third Thursday
of each month at the Texas Cooperative Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak at 7
p.m.  For more information, phone (830) 379-1972 or visit

      Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on
the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth
Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information,
call (817) 274-8460.

      Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. on the fourth
Thursday of each month at the Fretz Park Recreation Center, located at the
corner of Hillcrest and Beltline Road in Dallas. For more information, call
(214) 824-2448 or visit www.dogc.org.

      Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9
p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the
Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information,
contact David at (817) 483-7746.

      If you would like your organization's events included in "Upcoming
Garden Events," please contact us at Garden Events.

       Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac
      Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac is a giant monthly calendar for the
entire state a practical, information-packed, month-by-month guide for
gardeners and "yardeners." This book provides everything you need to know
about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable,
herb, and fruit gardening; and soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care. It
will help you to create beautiful, productive, healthy gardens and have fun
doing it.

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