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    • H A R R I S C O U N T Y M A S T E R G A R D E N E R N EWS L ET T E R  M AY 2 0 1 1 Urban DirtHow to Save Water During DroughtsI s your garden struggling with the There is also a series of brief videos Photo by Rob Lucey hot, dry weather this spring? As providing an overview of the seven steps drought conditions persist across toward an Earth-Kind Landscape:much of the state, it’s a great time to • Start with a plan, even if it takesreview the Earth-Kind® Landscape you several years to implement it inpractices on the Aggie Horticulture stages.website. • Prepare your soil by adding organic Visit http://aggie-horticulture.tamu. matter to loosen it and better holdedu/earthkind/drought/ where you can moisture.download drought specific articles ontopics including: • Select plants with lower water and fertilizer needs and fewer pest problems. • Irrigation Systems for Earth-KindLandscapes • Select turfgrass varieties best suited to your conditions and usage. • Lawns Dont Waste Water, PeopleDo! • Use mulch to conserve water, moderate soil temperatures, and reduce • Landscape Maintenance Practices weeds.Save Water It doesnt take a hot breeze long to dry • Practice proper maintenance such • Water Efficient Practices for Saving plants out – especially plants in pots. as mowing at the correct height andYour Landscape frequency. • Efficient Use of Water in the Garden and Landscape • Use efficient irrigation to apply an inch of water at the first • Helping Drought-Stressed Trees sign of wilting without overwatering. • Water Conservation Learning Earth-Kind practices and passing that knowledge along to others is a key part of the Master Gardener program. • Irrigation System Auditing Earth-Kind Drought Lessons ........... 1 Garden Gifts ..................................... 6 Cost Recovery Fees ......................... 2 Master Gardeners of the Month ....... 7 Volunteer Opportunities ................... 3 Continuing Ed Opportunities ........... 8 Precinct 2 Happenings...................... 4 Volunteer Hours Form...................... 9 News Briefs ..................................... 5 Events Calendar.............................. 11
    • U R B A N D I R T  M AY 2 0 1 1Cost Recovery Details RevealedNOTE: The following is excerpted from a letter from Dr. Douglas F.Welch, coordinator for the Texas Master Gardener program. Read thefull letter at txmg.org/comal/files/April-20111.pdfI Texas AgriLife Extension Service n March 2011, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service undertook Horticulture Program in Harris County a statewide effort to more consistently recover some of the 3033 Bear Creek Dr 281.855.5600 costs associated with our educational programs and activities. Houston, TX 77084 fax 281.855.5638Until now, participant fees for Extension programs represented costrecovery only for event-specific and local, one-time costs. We did CEA—Horticulture.............................. Dr. Anthony W. Camerinonot direct any of these program revenues to the human resource and 281.855.5600operating costs of the agency as a whole. Last year we experienced Volunteer Coordinator................................................... David Parish 281.855.5600budget cuts that required reductions in administrative services, capitalequipment expenditures, and workforce. We expect further losses in Horticulture Secretary .................................................281.855.5600state and federal funding. Reorganization and cost-cutting, while important, are notsufficient. Facing these economic realities led us to introduce a“Partial Cost Recovery Initiative” to support our network of Extensioneducators. When applicable, the remittance or “partial cost recoveryfee” will be a minimum of $10 per participant. If the meetingregistration fee is over $100 per person, the remittance rate will be 10percent of the registration. Extension personnel at the local (county, district, regional) level willdecide which Extension programs will be fee-based. We will carefullyevaluate the cost recovery potential of all educational programs that Harris County Master Gardener Association 2009–2010 Board of DirectorsAgriLife Extension oversees. This includes the Master GardenersProgram. However, this does not mean that MG programs must remit President .............................................................................Ross PalmieExtension’s partial cost recovery fee for all their local activities. 713.236.1010 First Vice President .......................................................Louis Mickler ~~~ 281.482.7133 Dr. Anthony Camerino, Harris County Extension Agent - Second Vice President.........................................................Teresa See 713.464.8338Horticulture, added the following information for our members: Past President .................................................................... George Frey “Master Gardener Volunteers in Harris County participate in many 281.888.1699Extension education activities. On April 15 I conducted a review of Secretary ..........................................................................Linda Brewerthose activities with Dr. Dozier (Regional Program Director) and 832.276.1050Dr. Willis (Harris County Extension Director) to determine which Treasurer ................................................................................Jo Huskeyactivities will fall under the new cost recovery policy. Based on 281.829.2956my meeting with them, the only activities that are subject to the Directors: Kristina Baldwin, Judy Franco, Ori Klein, Georgiacost recovery fees are Green Thumb Lectures and workshops that Lau, Peggy Moore, Susan Delcambre. •traditionally charged a fee. Furthermore, all activities for 2011 were Precinct 2 Steering Committee Chair.............................Jan Kapnerannounced previous to the new policy, so the partial cost recover 281.487.2065fee will not apply to any announced events in 2011. In short, I see •no significant additional costs for Harris County Master Gardener Urban Dirt Editor .............................................................. Rob LuceyVolunteers.” Rob_Lucey@yahoo.com2
    • U R B A N D I R T  M AY 2 0 1 1Volunteer OpportunitiesGain Glorious Fame and Recognition through Urban Dirt SubmissionsD id you attend the Texas Master Gardeners 2011 State Conference? Why not share what you learned with your fellow Harris County Master Gardeners? Just e-mail a few sentences summarizing the key things you learn at your favorite sessions to the editor, Rob_Lucey@yahoo.com. (You might check beforehand to ensure you arent doubling up with anybody elsescoverage.) Deadline is May 6. Well compile all of the reports into a special page in the June issue. Not heading to the state conference? Every month we are looking for any garden stories that would be of general interest to yourfellow Master Gardeners. Perhaps you had a unique experience in the demonstration garden, had a great call in the phone room orlearned something valuable at a lecture. E-mail your ideas to the editor and he will tell you how to proceed. Were always looking fornice digital gardening photos too! Earn the glory of a byline in the Urban Dirt – and earn some volunteer hours too!Coordinator Urgently Needed to Nominate a Master GardenerHead up Fall Plant Sale of the MonthAre you looking for a way to make a big difference in the success Volunteers are doing a wide variety of great work, some quietly,of the Master Gardener program? A coordinator for the Fall Plant some behind the scenes. Do you know of such an individual?Sale is needed to help the event run smoothly. Without somebody Help shine a light on their efforts. Submit MG of the Monthstepping forward to take on this role, the event may have to be nominations to the Membership Committee by placing thecancelled like the Spring Perennial Sale. If you have the time and individuals name and why they should be selected in theenergy, there will be plenty of coaches available to help you make suggestion box in the Master Gardener room or email them tothe event a success. Contact David Parish at 281.855.5635 or kmbrene@att.net (Ext.) or gclau@comcast.net (P2).dwparish@ag.tamu.edu if you can help.Have You Answered the Call of Springtime Phone Room Duty? Phone room volunteers are needed as the call volume continues to pick up this spring. Consider signing up for one or two shifts each month. Two volunteers are needed each day: a Master Gardener to serve as a mentor plus one intern or Master Gardener. If you cant work a full day, half days are available. Sign up online at http://tinyurl.com/ MGPhoneroom or contact David Parish at 281.855.5635 or dwparish@ag.tamu.edu. Sign-up prior to arrival is required.Association Supports Food Bank and Animal ShelterHarris County Master Gardeners are now doing something extra to support the hungry in our community. A box will be put out inthe auditorium at each Hamburger Tuesday to collect non-perishable food donations for the food bank and/or for an animal shelter.Volunteers will sort out the food before delivery.Herman Park Recruiting Summer Garden HelpersBrent Moon, Horticulture Superintendent at Hermann Park, said he greatly appreciates the help he received from Master Gardeners atHermann Park last summer and is in need of volunteers to help out again at the Japanese Garden, the Garden Center and elsewhere inthe park. Interested volunteers can call Pat Kidd, horticulturist at the Garden Center, at 713.284.8680. He is not always in the office sorepeat calls may be necessary. He may also be reached via e-mail at Patrick.Kidd@houstontx.gov. 3
    • U R B A N D I R T  M AY 2 0 1 1Precinct 2 Happenings by Eileen Donovan Harris County Master GardenerS pring is most definitely here. Can flowering and the grape vines are Photo by Ann Abernathy summer be far behind? Things leafing. The plum tree looks like it in the garden have been ramping is going to survive after all, but theup. There is plenty of work for the papaya has not yet shown signs ofmany gardeners who show up regularly life, though Gerry Gafka holdsto work in the production garden, out hope.orchard and various flower gardens. Since the roses were pruned,But we could still use more hands. they are all showing new growthPlease consider coming out to help. and many are in bloom. The WhiteRecertification time will be here before Lady Banks Rose on the fence isyou know it and you may be scrambling particularly beautiful.for hours. Get them now and avoid therush. Dutchman’s pipe and Texas frog fruit were added to the Among the vegetable and herbs Butterfly Garden. The former isharvested were carrots, chives, cilantro, a larval host plant for the zebracollards, lettuce, mint, parsley, radishes, swallowtail and the latter hosts therosemary, salad burnett, spinach, swiss crescent spot, buckeye and whitechard, onions, oregano, marjoram, peacock butterflies.bay leaves, strawberries, broccoli andparsley. Most of the produce goes to the Mandevilla and kangaroo pawfood bank, but some of the herbs are A giraffe topiary stands sentinel in the garden. (anigozanthos) were planted in thedried for use in our famous herb blends. Perennial Garden.Gardeners are fertilizing, mulching and Coneflowers were moved to thesprinkling diatomaceous earth around the plants that have been Texas Native Garden.attacked. Janice Muhm planted catnip, pennyroyal and citronella Seeds were started in the greenhouse, bumped up, then scented geranium in the Herb Garden and also started culantrotransplanted to the gardens and other seedlings have been started. seeds. Culantro is similar to cilantro but is more heat tolerant.One trial that is going on is a comparison of corn planted and Bev DeMoss and Julie Moncour filled in the bedsfertilized with BioBoost to that planted and fertilized with by the entrance gate with plants and mulch and it is lookingMicroLife. A similar trial is being conducted with pole beans really great. Other gardens have been cleared of freeze damage,and bush beans. We also have cucumbers, tomatoes peppers mulched, fertilized and generally spiffed up.and potatoes and more coming up. Some of the paths have beencovered with paper topped with mulch. Some members of the Tomball Garden stopped by to visit and Mimi Chapman, Gerry Gafka and Bobbie Weise In the orchard, suckers were removed from the peach toured them around and answered their questions. Come spendtrees and the grape vines. Mimi Chapman and Oswald some time in the gardens, learn from the experienced MGs whoFrederick placed brick pavers along the row of blueberries to work there and get a few of those needed hours. We need thehold in the mulch. Many wheelbarrows of soil have been added help.to the peach tree bed and it is almost ready for the railroad ties.Figs are budding, peach trees are sprouting, blueberries are4
    • U R B A N D I R T  M AY 2 0 1 1From the Agent’s Desk:H ello Master Gardener volunteers of Harris County. If there is one thing that is constant in life it is change. In the four short years I have lived in Houston, I have watched skyscrapers be constructed and I-10 widen to 22 lanes. Houstonians have weathered hurricane Ike, the current drought and the gulf oil spill. Coming from a small town of 7,000 people where asecond traffic light and a new Wendy’s was the most change I saw in 20 years, I am simply amazed how fast things move Houston.Since my employment with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service – Harris County Office I have seen Agents and staff move on.Unfortunately most had to leave due to budget cuts. For those of you that don’t know, in the four years I have been here we havepermanently lost two agent positions, the Associate County Extension Director, two support staff positions, and a communicationsspecialist position. The Ag Agent is also managing 4-H responsibilities too (something he traditionally didn’t have to do). Currentlywe have one Horticulture Agent position and one Family and Consumer Sciences Agent position vacant. My hope is that thesepositions will be rehired, but with looming budget cuts nothing is certain.Currently I am serving as the interim Agent responsible for the Master Gardener Program in Harris County. As Mr. Parish and Imove forward, please be cognizant of the fact that not only are both of us taking on new responsibilities, but that we have less staff tomanage the historical responsibilities. It is very likely that Mr. Parish and I will make a few mistakes along the way, but will alwaystry to do our best. Additionally, I have all my other existing commercial horticulture responsibilities to balance until we hire a newHorticulture Agent.Now more than ever we are relying on volunteers to help us meet Extension’s basic function of delivering high quality education toall citizens of Harris County. My hope is that as we move forward and things continue to change each of you will continue to assist theExtension Horticulture Program in Harris County. Thank you and I look forward to working with all of you. ~ Anthony Camerino County Extension Agent - HorticultureAsk a Master Gardener Helps Scouts Earn Badges The Ask a Master Gardener Committee was invited to participate in the Boy Scouts Fair in Reliant Centeron April 16. The boys were working on the requirements for their Plant Science merit badge. More than 300boys and their parents visited the booth where they learned about available resources for building raisedbeds, vegetable gardening and plant selection that could be used to help meet their badge requirements.Master Gardener Birthdays Celebrated in MayMaster Gardeners and Interns who celebrate a birth- Kamrath, Sidney Kapner, Tom Kinack, Brie Kugler,day during May include the following. Wish them a Sandra Lease, Sandra Matejich, Bonnie Morrow,Happy Birthday when you see them! Melodie O’Bryan, Douglas Paluska, LindaRobert merson, Agnes Asscherick, A Paolicchi, Annie Perez, Gale Pierce, Helen Poole,Deborah Banfield, Betty Beck, Catherine Popiel, Cathy Preator, RobertBarbara Carey, Mary Chapman, Robertson, Shawn Schlachter, CharlesEnell Cooper, Sherry Cruse, Amber Smith, Thomas Solomon,Culpepper, Jacqueline DElia, Jean Agnes Stanley, Sherrie Steiger,Fefer, Hernan Franco, Harold Deborah Stutsman, Debra Thornton,Gluckman, Mary Heafner, Pamela Vassallo, Carol Vuchetich,Paul Hicks, Shirley Jackson, June Marilyn Ward and Patricia Zohlen. 5
    • U R B A N D I R T  M AY 2 0 1 1Garden Gifts by Kenneth DormanNews from Our Outreach Gardens Harris County Master GardenerO n March 2 we had 31 students from Yes! Prep School help us in the garden. This is a charter school, part of Photo by Barbara Harms HISD, with some outside financing and they have somegreat young people. These kids, I hate to call them kids, but thatis what they are, sixth and seventh graders, worked like they hada need to do it. We lined them up and sent them off with our volunteers,some to build beds with concrete blocks, some to set out, stake,tie and cage tomato plants, some to cut down and dig in a covercrop of clover and vetch, others to bring compost and everyoneto dig it in new beds. One group built a big herb garden fromscratch. Oh, and they put stakes to hold down the tomato cagesand then surrounded them with row cover to keep the wind off.This went on for three hours or until they had completely worn Celeste Mead with some of the 31 Yes, Prep School students.out the ten volunteers we had there. I stayed for a while after all the volunteers left and the onions and potatoes the end of this month and then start to plantkids and their teachers had gone over to a shady area to eat the winter squash and winter melons in the beds they occupied.lunches they had brought. I figured they would be ready to eat The beds don’t get much rest; we harvest, add compost andand go back to the school, tired out, but no, in a few minutes they cottonseed meal and plant again. As the other crops finish upwere running races. I worry about the state of education I read we will plant sweet potatoes and some more tomatoes. We haveabout for Texas, but after seeing this bunch I am convinced that finished building the beds in the East Garden (formerly Thewe have some fantastic leaders coming along. As near as I could Swamp) and have chayote, papayas, sun flowers, tomatillos,count we had seven distinct nationalities involved in this group. okra, Corrales Azafran, lemon verbena, various basils and weedsGreat people! We intend for the class to come back at the end of growing there in profusion. We hope to get enough financing toMay to harvest what they helped plant and prepare beds for. We cover the paths with sand and then decomposed granite.hope they will be able to pick tomatoes, squash, chilies, peppers, Jean Fefer has given us another three grape vines to finisheggplants, cantaloupes, cucumbers, potatoes and onions. There out our row so now we are big time in the fruit business. Weshould be enough for all 31 of them to take home a nice bag have grapes, lemons, limes, tangelos, grapefruit, mandarins,of goodies. I think we have exposed some fertile minds to the oranges, papayas and five or six kinds of Satsumas. All the citrusbeauty of vegetable gardening. trees took some damage from the cold weather, but all of them Back to more mundane things, we are killing squash vine have come back and have flowered, with the exception of theborer moths at an alarming rate, but so far the vines are still little lime trees. They are alive, but were really hurt.producing. I go back to the garden in the afternoon after the A lot of us are alive, but really hurt; you can’t heal until youbees have left the vines to spray with a homemade concoction love yourself.of neem, rotenone and pyrethrum. We will begin to harvest the6
    • U R B A N D I R T  M AY 2 0 1 1Master Gardeners of the MonthBrenda Hesse - Precinct 2 Brenda Hesse is Harris As a volunteer with Clear Creek ISD, Brenda contributes herCounty Precinct 2’s Master gardening skills in the classroom garden at Robinson ElementaryGardener of the month for March. school. Having a sincere affection for animals has led BrendaBrenda attended the Master to volunteer at the Bay Area Pet Adoption center in San Leon,Gardener class in 2005. She has a pet rescue, shelter and adoption organization. She is “mom”been very active in several areas of to two rescued cats and two rescued dogs as well as fosteringthe Friendship Garden including rescued animals temporarily until they are permanently adopted.the perennial garden, but most A 33-year-old blue and gold macaw also calls Brenda’s residencerecently has taken charge of the home. She claims the bird will probably outlive her since thesepond and water garden. birds live well into their sixties and beyond! Brenda and some other The fact that Brenda still cares for the pond at the Friendshipgardeners were also the original Garden is a remarkable testimony to her steadfast dedication toarchitects of the giraffe topiary Brenda Hesse it. It seems that her first trip into the pond to clean decaying andfamily at the garden (see pg. 4). overgrowing material resulted in her “fishing out” a rather sizableThe giraffes have unfortunately fallen victim to hurricane Ike diamond back water snake. I’m sure that more than one worker atand the most recent freezes. Brenda stated that the volunteers the Friendship Garden is grateful that she found the snake insteadwho worked on the giraffes learned much from that experience. of themselves.Brenda is a regular at the plant sales setup and plant sales. As a Thank you Brenda for your hard work and snake capturingpre-checker, she performs the important task of dealing directly skills.with the buyers and sorting out their purchases before checkout.Janet Eshelman - Extension Office Janet Eshelman, the Extension Office Master Gardenerof the Month for April, is the coordinator of the All AmericanSelection Garden, which tests all the new varieties of seeds eachyear. She also works at the gardens at the Ault School, Habitatfor Humanity houses, REACH and any other place where she isneeded. For several years she has also helped with hospitality forthe MG classes. While helping she has taken on the chores ofkeeping the refrigerator and closets clean. She is a tireless workerwho initiates and takes on the hardest and most difficult tasksaround. Janet is a dedicated Master Gardener and helps out on all thesales and projects. In addition, she has an easy going and low keypersonality that is pleasant to be around. She is a great asset toour organization. Janet Eshelman among the blooms. 7
    • U R B A N D I R T  M AY 2 0 1 1 Continuing Education Events June 15. Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds and Butterflies by Glen Olsen, past president Native Plant Society of Texas. Clear Lake Park Meeting Room. 10 a.m. June 21. Hibiscus by Marti Graves. Extension Office. 6:30 p.m.Photo by Rob Lucey Green Thumb Lecture Series June 14. Growing Plants from Seeds and Cuttings by Louis Mickler, HCMG. The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (lake side). 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 16. Lawn Care by Dr. Anthony Camerino, County Extension Agent - Horticulture. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 6:30-8:30 p.m. MG Specialist Training Workshops* Those March Plant Sale purchases? Looking good! June 9-10. Rainwater Harvesting. Williamson County. May 2011 June 22-24. Composter Training. San Antonio Botanical Garden, Bexar County. $225. Call 210.467.6575 by May 20 to Master Gardener Lecture Series register. May 3. Hydroponics by Dr. Carol Brouwer. Extension Office. Noon-1 p.m. * Visit http://texasmastergardeners.com or contact the Harris May 17. Herbs by Jeanie Dunnihoo, HCMG. Extension County Extension Office, 281.855.5600, dwparish@ag.tamu.edu Office. 6:30 p.m. for registration details. May 18. Hibiscus Culture and Breeding by Berry Schlueter. Clear Lake Park Meeting Room. 10 a.m. Green Thumb Lecture Series May 10. Landscape Pests and Diseases by Dr. Anthony Did You Know ... Camerino, County Extension Agent - Horticulture. Clear Lake ... you can complete Earth-Kind® On-Line Master Park Meeting Room. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Gardener Training using your home computer? Three May 19. Earthkind Landscapes by Dr. Carol Brouwer, modules, worth one hour of credit each, are available to former County Extension Agent - Horticulture. Trini Mendenhall teach environmentally friendly practices in the garden and Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 6:30-8:30 p.m. landscape. Progress through the training program is tracked on-line and the results for each completed module are automatically forwarded to your county Master Gardener June 2011 Coordinator. Master Gardener Lecture Series For full details, visit June 7. Bromeliads by Gary Gallick-Past President http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/training/ Bromeliad Society. Extension Office. Noon-1 p.m. All activities listed here are eligible for Master Gardener CEU’s. 8
    • U R B A N D I R T  M AY 2 0 1 1Volunteer HoursService and continuing educationInstructions: • You can submit and check your hours online anytime at http://hcmga.tamu.edu. Completed forms can also be submitted to David Parish at 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Houston, TX 77084 or by fax: 281.855.5638. • The list of Approved Service and Educational Activities is on the back of the printed form (next page if electronic.) Additional qualifying events are listed in each issue of the newsletter (Urban Dirt.) Any exceptions must be approved in advance by Volunteer Coordinator David Parish. • Include address and phone number only if your information has changed. • Call 281.855.5600 if you have questions.Name: Address: Home: Cell: Work: Service HoursRemember: only Approved Service and Educational Activities qualify for service hours. Date Job Task Hours* Contacts** * Number of hours volunteered Total ** Number of people you educated during volunteer activityContinuing EducationAdditional qualified events are listed in each issue of Urban Dirt. Date Event/Location Topic & Speaker Hours* Total * Remember to include education hours only (i.e., dont include travel time to/from event, or transportation time during a tour.) 090724 v2 9
    • Approved Service and Educational ActivitiesContinuing Education HoursApproved Activities Green Thumb MG or Fruit Study Group Field Trips (not including any travel time) Gulf Coast Fruit Study Group State MG Conference Mercer Arboretum ed. events State MG Specialist Trainings MG Home Tour Other presentations by Texas AgriLife Extension Service speakers MG Lecture Series Other event (prior approval required)Service HoursAssociation Business Job Task Job Task Board of Directors Meeting and Planning Fundraising Efforts Plant Sale [specify sale] (Not Budget Committee Meeting and Planning symposium, expo or workshop Fundraising Efforts Book Sales [specify event] associated with sale. See Meeting and Planning Educational Activities.) P2 Store Rose Production – Ext. P2 Steering Committee Meeting and Planning Policies and Bylaws Meeting and PlanningCommunity Outreach Job Task Job Task Community Outreach Armond Bayou Nature Center Community Outreach Mercer Arboretum CCSC Garden MG Habitat for Humanity Projects Cockrell Butterfly Center Multi-Use Center Community EIH Garden at UH Clear Lake Garden Gethsemane UMC Garden REACH Hermann Park Ronald McDonald House Houston Arboretum Shore Acres Turning Point Community GardenEducational ActivitiesJob TaskAsk a Master Gardener Host Kiosk; Meetings and PlanningDemonstration Garden Ext Activities at Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo; Levy Park Demo GardenEducation Committee Meetings and PlanningEducation Event [Specify event] Facilitate event; Hospitality; Meetings and Planning; Speaker/PresenterPlant Sale Educational Event [Specify sale & event] Facilitate event; Speaker/Presenter (Do not include work at a plant sale unrelated to the educational event. See Association Business.)Ext. Office Demo Gardens Work in garden [specify garden]; Meetings and Planning; Tools & EquipmentField Trips Facilitate event; Meetings and PlanningFire Ant Booth Host KioskFruit Study Group Facilitate event; Meetings and Planning; Speaker/PresenterGenoa Friendship Garden – P2 Greenhouse; Meetings and Planning; Perennial Gardens; Production Gardens; Structures and Maint.Individual Assistance Assist individualsPhone Room Caller Assistance; Maintain LibraryPublications Bulk Mail; Data Entry; Editor; Fact Sheets; Meetings and Planning; Newsletter layout; WriterPublicity Flyer Distribution; Meetings and Planning; Press Release DistributionSpeakers Bureau Meetings and Planning; Speaker/PresenterTraining Class – Ext Facilitate event; Graduation; Hospitality; Meetings and Planning; Speaker/PresenterTraining Class – P2 Facilitate event; Graduation; Hospitality; Meetings and Planning; Speaker/PresenterExtension Research ProjectsJob TaskChilli Thrips Research Project Data collection; Data Entry; Maintain gardensGreen Roof Research Project Data collection; Data Entry; Maintain gardensVolunteer ManagementJob TaskAwards Facilitate event; Meetings and PlanningOffice Assistance Clerical at the Extension OfficeRecord Keeping Data Entry; Meetings and Planning; ReportingYouth EducationJob Task4-H Judge contestCylinder Gardening Assist teacher; Delivery; Meetings and Planning; Supply preparationJunior Master Gardener Group Leader or Facilitator; Host chia people activity; Host kiosk; Meetings and PlanningSchool Gardens Meetings and Planning; TeachScience Fair Judge botany or horticulture contest 090724 v2
    • U R B A N D I R T  M AY 2 0 1 1 May 2011 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat1 2 3 4 5 6 7 MG Lecture: Ext. Off. Cinco de Mayo Newsletter Mercer Garden Hydroponics by Dr. deadline Party and Carol Brouwer. Noon. Auction. 5 pm8 9 10 Work day: Ext. 11 12 13 14 Off.Mothers Day Work day: P2 Work day: P2 Green Thumb: Mtg. Rm. Clear Lake. Landscape Plants and Diseases. Dr. Anthony Camerino 6:30 pm15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Work day: P2 Work day: Ext. Off. Work day: P2 Green Thumb: Sosa Cntr. MG Lecture: Ext. Off. MG Lecture: , Clear Earth Kind Herbs by Jeannie Lake Mtg Rm. Hibiscus Landscapes by Dunnihoo, HCMG, Ext. by Barry Schlueter Dr. Brouwer. Off. 6:30 pm 10 am 6:30 pm22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Work day: P2 Work day: Ext. Off. Work day: P229 30 31 Work day: P2 Work day: Ext. Off. 11
    • Texas AgriLife Extension Service3033 Bear Creek Dr.Houston, Tx 77084281.855.5600 fax 281.855.5638http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/horthttp://hcmga.tamu.edu U R B A N D I RT  M AY 2 0 1 1 Fruit Study Group Talks Bees and Blueberries Photos by Dr. Steve Talcott, Texas A&M Gregory Carrier will speak on Bees and Victor Patterson will discuss Blueberries June 29, 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office