Victoria County Master
Gardener Association
2009
VICTORIA ADVOCATE
Gardeners' Dirt Articles
edited by
Charla Borchers Leon
Jan 01 - What's In The Bag For Victoria County Master Gardeners in 2009 - Cliff Knezek
Jan 08 -
Learn with the masters--Gardening program was initiated to serve the public - Helen Boatman
Jan 15 -
Beauty or beast?--Mesquite trees really do have a good side - Beth Ellis
Jan 22 -
Tea, anyone?  Take advantage of fresh herbs grown in your garden - Barb Henry
Jan 29 -
Green and Shades of Pink, Purple, and Red-Dwarf plants save water, conserve time & energy - Charlie Neumeyer
Feb 05 - Heirloom Tomatoes Are Oldies But Goodies-with at least 600 different types - Michael Vandeveer
Feb 12 -
Get Curb Appeal-Lawn, garden can add to home value -- Donna Sahualla
Feb 19 -
Grow Your Own Food - Starting a garden is not as hard as you think -- Linda Lees
Feb 26 -
SAVE WATER - Expanded shale mixed in soil aids in retention/drainage -- Sara & Alton Meyer
Mar 05 - PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR GARDEN -- Brynn Lee
Mar 12 -
MAGICAL FERNS-Plants offer a variety of textures, colors, as well as fine foliage -- Maria Sobczak
Mar 19 -
IT'S PLANT SALE TIME -- Plants, seedball back at Master Gardeners' annual event -- Alyse Quintanilla
Mar 26 -
THE QUEST FOR EARTH-KINDô STATUS --VEG participates in rose trial garden - Jerome & Mary Janak
Apr 02 - BEAUTIFUL EDIBLES--Plantings contribute to the nutrition budget, as well as the beauty of our surroundings -- Brenda Cusack
Apr 09 -
FRESH MINT ~ Plants are part of a large family found around the world -- Doris Martinak
Apr 16 -
ZONE YOUR PLANTING AREAS BASED ON WATER REQUIREMENTS - Karen Pye
Apr 23 -
PALMS ADD EXOTIC FEEL TO AN OUTDOOR SPACE -- Barbara Sparkman
Apr 30 -
ANGELONIAS ARE EASY TO GROW -- Jean Wofford
May 07 - Nature's Beauty Beyond The Gate ~ Annual Garden Tour Begins May 16 -- Sara Meyer
May 14 -
GARDEN TOUR ~ View a myriad of tropicals, roses and plants with animal names -- Sara Meyer
May 21 -
Grow your own Tex-Mex garden with herbs, spices and peppers -- Lupe Cook and Alyse Quintanilla
May 28 -
HOME-GROWN TOMATOES ~ To ensure success, plant in full sun -- Gerrie Van Toledo
June 04 - GOOD GUYS VS. BAD GUYS - 97 percent of insects are beneficial or harmless -- Michael Vandeveer
June 11 -
WEEDS GONE WILD - Away from supervision they quickly become noxious -- Barb Henry 
June 18 -
A SIMPLE SUCCULENT WREATH - Sun-tolerant plants make fun, easy project -- Mimi Saenz
June 25 -
A STREAM RUNS THROUGH IT - Do your homework before taking on water projects -- Deloris Gaus
July 02 - TIME TO CELEBRATE - Give your garden a touch of patriotic color -- Charla Borchers Leon
July 09 -
CALLING ALL GARDENERS -Get ready to sign up for the 2009 fall MG training class -- Donna Sahualla
July 16 -
THE BIG DRIP - Irrigation systems can save money, time and water -- Charlie Neumeyer
July 23 -
BRING THE DESERT TO YOUR LANDSCAPE -- Lupe Cook
July 30 -
DESERT GARDENING -- Cacti are drought-tolerant, great for xeriscaping -- Lupe Cook
Aug 06 - BURSTS OF COLOR ~ Daisies are easy to grow, flourish in our area -- Jean Wofford
Aug 13 -
Red hot, cool blue Texas Superstar plants -- Nancy Kramer
Aug 20 -
Rainbow of colors -- Nancy Kramer
Aug 27 -
Use proven performers and reseeders for garden color -- Suzann Herricks
Sept 03 - Distinctly different plants available at VCMGA Plant Sale -- Roy Cook
Sept 10 -
PLANT SALE ENCOURAGES FALL GARDENING -- Mary McCurdy
Sept 17 -
BUTTERFLY ATTRACTION - Lure beautiful insects with flower resort -- Beth Ellis
Sept 24 -
EARTH-KIND ROSES TOPIC OF SYMPOSIUM -- Mary Janak
Oct 01 - PAINT YOUR CORNER OF TEXAS WITH WILDFLOWERS -- Maria Sobczak
Oct 08 -
REGISTRATION DEADLINE MONDAY FOR ROSE SYMPOSIUM -- Mary Janak
Oct 15 -
WILD ABOUT WILDFLOWERS -- Maria Sobczak
Oct 22 -
25th South Texas Farm & Ranch Show full of topics to interest gardeners -- Jerome Janak
Oct 29 -
Brighten Your Garden~ Larkspur flowers offer bunnies for Easter -- Karen Pye
Nov 05 - Combine slow-growing trees with fast growers -- Beth Ellis
Nov 12 -
ARTICHOKE ~ This edible thistle is full of vitamins -- Michael Vandeveer
Nov 19 -
Art adds life to garden -- Barbara Sparkman
Nov 26 -
COLORFUL CROTONS - Don't forget to be thankful for Mother Nature -- Mimi Saenz
Dec 03 - REAP FRUITS, NUTS OF THE SEASON - Plant memories for your children, grandchildren -- Suzann Herricks
Dec 10 -
CHRISTMAS CACTUS - Plant actually a tropical -- Jane Stephens
Dec 17 -
Master Gardeners expect to complete pavilion in 2010 -- Pat Plowman
Dec 24 -
CELEBRATE AT VICTORIA EDUCATIONAL GARDENS -- Maria Sobczak
Dec 31 -
LUNCH & LEARN WITH THE MASTERS -- Helen Boatman