WELCOME to our new Blog, DALLAS GARDEN BUZZ,
written by DALLAS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS
Today it’s 104 degrees; tomorrow’s forecast is for 105. Our winter was more like Fall Plus Four Weeks; two years ago our frigid temperatures froze pipes and threatened to shut down the Super Bowl. We’re pummeled with hail and thunderstorms, but when we most need the rain, not a cloud is on the horizon. City restrictions limit when we can water. Dallas’ notorious black clay sticks to your shovel, forms clods hard as rocks, and buckles your home’s foundation. Plants whose tags read for “full sun” croak in the blast furnace of August heat. We’re too hot for lilacs, too alkaline for pine trees and blueberries.
But in most every neighborhood in Dallas, there’s someone who has figured out how to make plants grow in our challenging climate. How do they do it?
That’s what Dallas Garden Buzz will address—how to garden in a location with searing heat, difficult soil, heavy thunderstorms, and alkaline soil.
Dallas County Master Gardeners will write Dallas Garden Buzz.
The Dallas County Master Gardener Association is a non-profit, educational and volunteer service organization affiliated with Texas AgriLife Extension Service an agency of Texas A&M University. The program is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout the county.
Through classes given by AgriLife Extension experts and hours of volunteering in the community, master gardeners have learned what to plant, how to plant it, and how to make it thrive in Dallas.
Master Gardeners volunteer all over Dallas County, but the writers that will contribute to Dallas Garden Buzz volunteer at the Earth- Kind® WaterWise Demonstration Garden at 2011 Joe Field Road in Dallas.
The term, Earth-Kind®, is a federally registered service mark of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, TexasA&M System.