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Janet Laminack: Class on fall gardening set

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Janet Laminack

How's your garden growing? Hopefully you have gotten all your vegetables in the ground and growing strong. If you haven't, it's probably too late for most of our warm season vegetables.

But fear not, we have an even better potential for fall vegetable gardening. Mark your calendar now to attend the free Keep Lewisville Beautiful Garden Secrets class on vegetable fall gardening from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3. More information is available on the Master Gardener website www.dcmga.com.

It's not too late to still put in some edibles though. Herbs add fragrance, texture and attract pollinators to your landscape. And you can use them in cooking as a healthy way to enhance flavor without adding extra salt or butter. Many herbs do fantastic here but cost a lot in the grocery store, so it really does pay to grow your own such as basil and rosemary. Refer to the Master Gardener website at http://dcmga.com/ under the "North Texas Gardening" tab to find information on how to grow herbs and use them in recipes (or give us a call and we can send you the information.)

Children's Garden at Fair Oaks

Do you have a young one interested in gardening? There is still time to participate in the Children's Garden at Fair Oaks in Denton. Parents and children learn and garden together on Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. through June 8. It's free and no registration is required. Contact us for more information.

Denton County Fruit, Vegetable Herb and Flower Show

And no matter if you are growing edibles or flowers, we encourage all residents of Denton County to participate in the Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show on Saturday, June 10.

<p><span style="font-size: 1em; background-color: transparent;">Master Gardeners decide on placings among the top vegetables at last year's Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show at the Denton County Historical Park.</span></p>Courtesy photo

Master Gardeners decide on placings among the top vegetables at last year's Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show at the Denton County Historical Park.

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There is a youth and an adult division and entry is free. There are also ribbons and cash prizes for the best in show. This is held at the Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry St., in the midst of the Denton Community Market. Fruits and vegetables are judged on taste, so you may leave with less produce than you bring.

More information and complete rules are available at http://bit.ly/2qy0uT6 or by giving us a call or email.

Master Gardener meetings open to public

Did you know that many of our Master Gardener meetings are free and open to the public? Come join us some time to learn more about horticultural topics.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, the Gardenscapers will be having a class on "Arranging Cut Flowers from Your Garden," held at the Joseph A. Carroll Building at 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton. Also at the Carroll building, the Master Gardener monthly meetings have educational programs beginning at 10 a.m. The June 14 program will be about succulents and the July 12 program will be about using native plants. The schedule is updated on our webpage at https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/.

And the last educational opportunity I'll mention for now is the "Design Your Yard with Earth-Kind Landscaping" class. This popular class helps you through a thoughtful design process of your landscape. Registration is required and there is a fee. The class will be held Tuesday evenings from Sept. 5 through Oct. 10.

For more information on any of these classes or gardening and landscape questions, please contact us at www.dcmga.com, 940-349-2892 or at master.gardener@dentoncounty.com.

JANET LAMINACK is the horticulture county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2883 or via email at jelaminack@ag.tamu.edu.