Welcome to ROCKMGA

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It’s hot.  Summer is here.  Most of us will stay inside and wait for cooler days to arrive in late September.  A few hardy, heat loving gardeners will be out planting for a fall garden.  About the only ornamental plants that are able to survive the 100+ degree days are zinnias and sunflowers.  So if you are a new gardener and you think you “killed” your pretty spring petunias; do not fret.  Spring annuals have a short-term growing season.

Welcome to all of the new residents to North Central Texas – if you have moved from another state, we are sure that you understand the adage “There’s no place like Texas” … especially when it comes to gardening.  And welcome to all of the new beginning gardeners who need help.  We suggest that both groups start with the section THE BASICS for information on what to plant and how to plant it.  (And how to learn to appreciate our rich, thick black gumbo clay soil!)

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.

Master Gardeners will also be working at an information booth during the Rockwall Downtown Farmer’s Market.  Go to the EVENTS section to see what dates the RCMGA booth will be set up.  Volunteers will be glad to talk to you about any of your gardening challenges and problems.

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