Thursday, April 14, 2022

Certificate of Special Recognition

Lampasas Community Gardens was honored today by the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership and given a Certificate of Special Recognition by US House Representative, John R. Carter, Tx District 31.




Friday, March 4, 2022

News

 March 3, 2022, Janet Crozier on Lampasas Radio


March 4, 2022, The Square Foot Gardening Foundation’s executive directors, Steve and Laura Bartholomew came to Lampasas to visit the Lampasas Community Gardens and brought copies of Mel's best-selling book Square Foot Gardening for us. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

February Gardening Tips


Planting.

Even though it’s still wintertime, there are many types of plants that can or should be planted at this time of year. Early- to mid-February is vegetable planting time for cool-season crops including onions, Irish potatoes, radishes, greens, lettuce, spinach, sugar snap peas, carrots, broccoli transplants, beets, Swiss chard, and turnips. Early planting assures a good harvest prior to the arrival of summer heat. 

Don’t be in a hurry to plant summer vegetables such as tomato, peppers, and squash – the average last winter freeze for the Tyler area is mid-March. A late frost or freeze will result in re-peated plantings of frost-sensitive vegetables. Summer vegetables not only require warm air temperatures but also warm soils to quickly establish and grow vigorously.

February is time to plant many types of shrubs and trees including roses, bare rooted fruit and nut trees, grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. Hardy container-grown trees, shrubs, and ground covers can also be planted this month.

Some other gardening items for February include:

• Prune and fertilize peach trees.
• Check trees and shrubs for scale insects, and treat with horticultural oil if present.
• Prune roses in mid- to late-February.
• Prepare beds and garden area for spring planting. Till in several inches of compost, composted pine bark or similar material.
• Sow seeds in flats or containers to get a jump on plant growth before hot weather arrives. 
Petunias, begonias, and impatiens should be sown in February. Warm temperature plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, marigolds, and periwinkles, should be sown in early February.
• Need to move shrubs or young trees to a new location? Now is the time.
• Cut back perennials and ornamental grasses before new growth begins.
• Fertilize pansies and other cool-season flowers.
• Check compost pile and turn.
• Apply pre-emergent herbicide in mid- to late February to lawns for weed control (but ONLY if 
weeds were a problem last summer. No need to apply herbicides to thick, healthy, weed-free 
lawns). A pre-emergent herbicide will not control existing weeds.
• Wait until April to fertilize St. Augustine and Bermuda grass lawns.
• Keep bird feeders stocked for both winter residents and migrating species.
• Get bluebird and other nest boxes ready.
• Check junipers, other narrow-leaf evergreens, and roses for bagworm pouches. The insect eggs over-winter in the pouch and start the cycle again by emerging in the spring to begin feeding on the foliage. Hand removal and discarding of the pouches reduces future damage.

Source: https://agrilife.org/etg/2012/02/14/february-gardening-tips/

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Square Foot Gardening Classes

  

      Lampasas Community Gardens is winding down our Fall Garden planting. Lettuces, radishes, broccoli, and kale are still viable though by planting plants, not seeds. Though the projected freeze date is coming up sometime in November, most of our plants should survive a light freeze. This is the time to get your tools cleaned and sharpened and put away for the winter months.
To get ready for the spring season, take advantage of some free classes to learn about the Square Foot Garden Method and plan for the early winter and spring planting season. We will be featuring the Square Foot Garden in November, December, and January. Come and find out what makes a Square Foot Garden different from how your grandparents gardened. Let us help you plan what and when to plant. We will even throw in a nutrition class along the way. Then, weather permitting, we will build a demonstration garden in the Lampasas Community Gardens. See the flyer below for the dates and times of the classes. These classes are for everyone who wants to garden, at home, on an apartment balcony, or rent a garden bed at the Lampasas Community Gardens.
     The 3rd Edition Square Foot Garden manual will be for sale at the class for those who wish to purchase it. It is not mandatory. The classes are free, however, donations are welcome and will go to the Lampasas Community Gardens scholarship fund.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Fall Gardening

Did you know that some of the best food is grown in the fall? The temperature is cooling down especially at night which allows the seeds that germinate in the warm soil to sprout. It is a lot more comfortable to work in the garden, too. We have several garden beds all ready to be planted. If you would like to try gardening we would like to help you get started. Come by and see what is growing. We have a few beds ready for planting right now. If you see a gardener, come in and visit with them , see what they are planting. Email us at lampasascommunitygardens@gmail.com.

Accessibility Plan

 

Would you like to garden, but you can’t bend over because of back problems or you are in a wheelchair? LCG is working on a plan to make gardening available to you too. Please email us and let us know if you are interested. lampasascommunitygardens@gmail.com.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Attention Members:

You are invited to join the board of directors at the members meeting in the garden on August 14 at 10 a.m. We want your input to proposed changes and challenges to the garden, as well as address your concerns. 

Yours truly, Janet Crozier, President