Happy New Year to all our Master Gardener friends and followers of our blogs. We’re excited that the New Year is upon us even though the weather seems bleak at times and the cold and windy days keep us inside.
Now is the perfect time to plant fruit and nut trees, or that grape arbor you have been dreaming about. Growing fruit trees in our area is not difficult, provided you consider the main requirements for good fruit production. These are: full sun, good drainage and varieties that have the required chill hours for our zone and cross pollination if needed.
At our 2020 Fruit & Nut Sale we offer the following bare-root trees: Apples, Pears, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums and other varieties of fruit trees that do very well here. We also have bare-root grapes and blackberries.
In our potted trees section, we will have Blueberries, Pecans, Figs, the Dunstan Chestnut and native fruit trees. Ever tried Mayhaw jelly?
If it is citrus you are looking for, we have a good selection of those as well. Additionally, don’t forget about Avocados, Strawberries, Onions and Bluebonnets.
For a complete list check our website at www.mcmga.com. Sale date is January 25, 2020. Pre-sale program begins at 8:00 am, the sale is from 9:00 am until 12:00 Noon.
One of our new offerings this year is Kiwi Issai. It is a compact vining kiwi variety that grows very rapidly and does not need a pollinator partner. Grow it up a trellis or arbor in neutral well-drained soil. The smooth skinned fruit is somewhat smaller than the kiwis you find at the grocery store but very sweet. The flowers produce lots of nectar and pollen for bees.
Be sure to join us for one or more of our upcoming educational workshops to be held at 9020 Airport Road in Conroe. Check the website for additional details or give MCMGA a call at 936-539-7824.
JANUARY 11 EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH CLASS
8:00 – 10:00 AM GROWING FRUIT TREES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
10:30 – 12:30 AM USING GRAPES, GRAINS AND HONEY TO MAKE GREAT THINGS!
JANUARY 25 FRUIT & NUT SALE
8:00 – 9:00 PRESENTATION BY OUR COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT
9:00 – 12:00 SALE