Welcome to ROCKMGA

April is a favorite month for gardeners.

Enjoy the cool, sunny days as you prepare the flower beds for planting your spring and summer annuals.  Be aware of the changes in spring weather – heavy rain and hail can do damage to your plants and protection may be necessary.  A favorite, quick remedy is to place empty buckets or flower pots over your flowers and vegetables.  

Wave Petunias

‘Wave’ Petunias last through the heat of summer.

Are you overwhelmed with choices of plants?  We encourage you to visit the RCMGA Discovery Garden at 827 Riding Club Road – east of Rockwall.   View for yourself what grows well in our area.  “A Day in the Garden” is now added to ROCKMGA under the Discovery Garden section because the demonstration garden changes from week to week. 

Also, new information on Annuals is being added to the Plant Selection section on ROCKMGA.  Learn the difference between cool spring annuals and warm spring / summer annuals.  Many new gardeners are dismayed when their cool season annuals die by July and they become discouraged.  Purchase varieties that last through the heat of our summers.  

If you are new to gardening, a good place to start is The Basics section of  ROCKMGA.  

Also, for answers to your gardening questions, Master Gardeners are now available on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office.  Stop by 915 Whitmore Dr., Suite B and a Rockwall County Master Gardener will be on hand to research questions and provide gardening information.  If you can not come by in person, call 972-204-7660 or email rockwallmg@ag.tamu.edu and a Master Gardener will respond to you in a timely manner.  If the volunteers can not answer your questions on the spot, they will continue to research or will consult with a specialist that has expertise in the subject matter.

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