Intern class: Tuesday, Sept. 7

“Entomology and Integrated Pest Management” will be presented by Stephen Biles, Integrated Pest Management Agent. All Master Gardener’s (MG) are welcome to attend and will receive CE hours for attending.

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Online plant sale meeting:

4:30 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11

This will be held at the AgriLife conference room, then COG.

Meeting will be to discuss logistics for the Saturday, Sept. 25 Online Sale pick up (this is a contactless pick up only). We will then begin organizing pick up orders.

Order organizers are needed the week before the event. Reach out to Christy if one can help. (We will work during cooler time of day).

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Fall plant sale now open

Order at https://aspmgstore.org/ by 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 – Pickup from 8 – 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The store opened midnight Wednesday and have had 25 orders for a total of more than $1,500. Hurry before we sell out of what you need for your garden.

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Nextdoor users

If you are a Nextdoor (https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/) user, share this information with the following in your area.

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Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener fall plant sale

Go to https://aspmgstore.org/ and order today. The February freeze and July floods were a challenge to many plants (particularly trees) in our area, and to meet the need, and because fall is the perfect time to plant, the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are offering many varieties of native and adapted plants that thrive in the Coastal Bend – Tree’s: Anacacho orchid, Mexican Buckeye, Sumac, Mountain Laurel, Bur Oak, Cedar Elm, Anacua, Ebony, Guajillo, Sugar Hackberry and Kidneywood, Citrus: lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit, fig, blackberry and avocado.

This will be a contactless sale. Order your selections from the online plant store, https://aspmgstore.org/, by Wednesday, Sept. 22 and pick up your order Saturday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the garden located at 892 Airport Rd. No shipping or onsite shopping available.

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Bod and general membership meeting

The meeting is from 10 – 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 and all MG’s and interns are encouraged to participate.

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Brown bag – 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17

“Homegrown - A Fruitful Pursuit” - Fruit trees are as demanding as they are giving. Understanding their quirks will help you make the right choices.

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Design team opportunity

The Rockport Cultural Arts District (RCAD) want to see if the MG’s would do a landscape design for the Rockport Depot. More information will be provided at a later date.

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Landscape: 8 – 10 a.m. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s

All gardens need weeding, mulching, and pruning. Cardboard is needed for weed barrier. Bring flattened boxes to the drive-in gate in the garden.

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Propagation: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Monday and Thursday

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Timekeeping

MG’s, keep in mind 20 volunteer and 10 CE hours are needed by December in order to re-certify for 2022. We still have time to get these hours in and there are many opportunities: Landscaping really needs assistance, propagating needs help to make plants for the Plant Sale, fundraising needs bodies to staff the plant sale pickup next month, and the Office-Help Desk can use someone to answer the phone. Please take time to watch the VMS training videos to become familiar with all aspects of the system. VMS tutorial videos on youtube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtL0NOPb7Xub7_ezFVfA7wM5rIqPMQ6x.

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Education: fulfilling our mission to educate

Fall Tree/Plant Sale – Order Sept. 1 - 22 online, https://aspmgstore.org/. Pickup Sept. 25, 8-11 a.m. Linda Frank and Ann Smith produced a quick reference, “How to Plant” pamphlet to hand out with all orders.

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Communications - getting the word out

• Fall Tree/Plant Sale display ad running RP Pilot four times

• Facebook – We have 2,075 (17 new this week) followers and an on-average reach of 8,500 people monthly. If one is on Facebook, like the page and share content – it helps grow our followers, subsequently increasing our mission to educate.

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Caring: thinking of you

If anyone has any caring concerns and would like a card to be sent, please contact Sandra Stanley at stanley.sandy@gmail.com. Include the name of the person and the reason for the card.

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Speaker needed - November 15

The Retired Teacher Association is looking for a speaker for their Nov. 15 meeting in Sinton at the School District office at 10:00 a.m.

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Online training

Get your CE hours. Most are free.

• Gardening on the Gulf Coast https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gardening-on-the-gulf-coast-tickets-137506051301. Every other Wednesday at 10 a.m.

• Gardening 101 (MG modules). Go up to the top of page and click “view classes” https://agrilifelearn.tamu.edu/product?catalog=HORT-005

• Aggie Hort FB Live, Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/fblive/. One does not have to be on Facebook to view these. One will see the list of recorded videos along with upcoming videos.

• Chat with Green Aggies, Thursdays at 12:12 p.m. Register at https://tamu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tcOirqDkiH9w6M_JofkPxSnM-8ZHvqqfz, to pick any or all chats for every week. All recordings at: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxT5cUdFaycrUzUiWSA46JRPGBYSFiFzH

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