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Sweet Berry Farm workers begin covering 6 acres of strawberry plants March 3 in anticipation of freezing weather expected to continue through overnight into Wednesday, March 6. Courtesy photo

How are wildflowers and fruit trees faring in the freeze?

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Highland Lakes has been hit with an Easter freeze — an unexpected cold snap that happens after planting season begins. While the extended, extreme drop in temperature is not expected to hurt wildflowers, it could prove a detriment to fruit trees, including peaches, a Hill Country favorite. (more…)

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Butterfly expert: Simple acts can lift monarch numbers

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When faced with a declining species, the average person might throw up his or her hands and say, “I can’t do anything.” But Cathy Downs of the Bring Back Monarchs to Texas program has a bit of advice. (more…)

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BackSpoon Cooking Show promotes farm-to-table meals

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — The “Kitchen Diva” and the “Garden Guru” are teaming up again to show you how to pick fresh vegetables from your garden and whip them up into something great to eat. (more…)

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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Burnet Middle School greenhouse plant sale
WHEN: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7
WHERE: Burnet Middle School greenhouse, 1201 N. Main St. in Burnet
FOR MORE: Call (512) 756-6182

Burnet students grow green thumbs and business skills with plant sale

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While digital media might take up a chunk of teenagers’ lives, some still find time to get their hands dirty and grow a green thumb. (more…)

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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Kingsland Garden Club plant sale
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4
WHERE: Kingsland House of Arts and Crafts, 112 W. Chamberlain St. in Kingsland
ADMISSION: Free

Get good advice, native plants at Kingsland Garden Club sale

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — As the weather warms, thoughts are turning to gardening. One of the challenges gardeners face is whether a particular plant or plant variety can take the Highland Lakes summer. (more…)

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Joyce Berecki (left), a Highland Lakes Master Gardener, explains the benefits of using a keyhole garden for growing vegetables. On April 3, the group is hosting a free keyhole garden workshop during which members as well as W. Leon Smith, owner of Keyhole Farm (keyholefarm.com), will show attendees how to build one. The event is 10 a.m.-noon in the garden at The Helping Center of Marble Falls, 1315 Broadway St. Courtesy photo

Unlock secrets of keyhole gardening with Master Gardeners

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With water a precious commodity in the Highland Lakes, gardeners are exploring more water-conscious methods of raising fresh herbs and vegetables. One way that is gaining popularity in Texas is keyhole gardening. (more…)

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Paula Montandon (left) and Val Klaudt hang the Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show banner at Sam’s Nursery in Buchanan Dam. The nursery, along with about 20 other vendors and organizations, will have a booth at the March 28 show. The 17th annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St. in Burnet. Admission is free. Courtesy photo

From herbs to fruit trees, Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show has it all

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — With gardening and cooking books to her credit, people might think noted author and speaker Judy Barrett grew up with herbs on her mind. But the longtime garden writer admitted it was starting her own business that turned her on to this versatile group of plants. (more…)

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HILL COUNTRY LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Growing native plants

HILL COUNTRY LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Growing native plants

SHERYL AND ROBERT YANTIS • SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE Including native Texas plants in our gardens has many benefits. Native plants are adapted to our primarily alkaline soils and tend to grow with minimal use of pesticides and fertilizers. They also have thrived for long periods of time in our harsh temperatures, and many require […]

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A hummingbird perches in a red tropical sage plant. Photo by Sheryl and Robert Yantis

HILL COUNTRY LAWN & GARDEN SHOW: Attracting hummingbirds

BY SHERYL AND ROBERT YANTIS • SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE Every spring, we wait for the weather to warm up and for the hummingbirds to return to our gardens from their winter vacations in Central and South America. Some of these aerial acrobats spend the summer and autumn in our gardens, and some of them are […]

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Jurate Gertzbein of Mermaid Knits demonstrates how a drop spindle works for spinning yarn. Gertzbein, who hails from Canada, spends her winters in the Highland Lakes, where she spins yarn, knits clothing and other items as well as leads a local knitting guild. The drop spindle, Gertzbein explained, is a portable spinning device that people can take just about anywhere. She demonstrated its use during the Llano County Lawn and Garden Show on March 21. Go to www.mermaidknits.com to learn more about knitting and spinning. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Artisans a big part of growing Llano County Lawn and Garden Show

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO — Randy Hurst leaned forward in his chair a bit, a knife in his right hand and a man’s head in his left. “It was about 20 years ago I got started in this,” Hurst said after making a small cut in the man’s face. “It was my dad […]

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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show
WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 28
WHERE: Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St. in Burnet
ADMISSION: Free
FOR MORE: Go to www.burnetcountyhighlandlakesmastergardener.org

Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show is a family affair

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — The Montana growing season didn’t leave much leeway when it came to planting the annual garden. This was something Val Klaudt’s grandmother stressed to her as a child in Big Sky Country. “She always had the urgency to get things planted,” Klaudt recalled. “It was Montana, and we […]

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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Tomatoes 101 workshop
WHEN: 11 a.m. March 14
WHERE: Backbone Valley Nursery, 4201 FM 1980 between Marble Falls and Granite Shoals
COST: Free
FOR MORE: Go to www.backbonevalleynursery.com

Get all the juicy details at Tomatoes 101 workshop

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR TOBEYVILLE — When it comes to vegetable gardening, one of the most popular — if not the most popular — vegetable is the tomato. Almost everyone loves growing and eating these wonderful vegetables (or fruit, if you so like), but not everybody is successful at growing them. (more…)

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A program on 'When, How, Where and Why to Plant Wildflowers' is 10 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main St. in Marble Falls. File photo

Learn the ‘When, How, Where and Why’ of wildflowers

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — The bloom of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes on roadsides and in fields and home gardens makes the Highland Lakes a wonder to behold in the spring. (more…)

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On Jan.  9, Mike Warriner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Depatment is giving a program on native bumblebees during the Kingsland Garden Club meeting at the Kingsland Public Library, 125 W. Polk St. in Kingsland. The public is invited. Photo courtesy of Sheryl Yantis

Get the buzz on vital native bumblebees, problems they face

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR KINGSLAND — The European honeybee gets a lot of credit as a pollinator, but one can’t overlook the importance of native bumblebees in this critical role. (more…)

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The Prairie Flower Garden Club will host a program on planting monarch butterfly-friendly plants such as milkweed when it meets 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at Joann Cole Mitte Memorial Library, 170 N. Gabriel in Bertram. The meeting is open to the public. Photo courtesy of Robert and Sheryl Yantis

Bertram garden club program on monarchs and milkweed Jan. 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — One of the best things you can do to help the monarch butterfly — which cuts across the Highland Lakes on its migrations south and north — is to plant a weed. Milkweed to be exact. (more…)

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Planting fruit trees? Consider going ‘bare’ this season

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR TOBEYVILLE — Get out your shovels now because it’s bare-root fruit tree season — and it doesn’t last long. “There’s a very small window when you can plant bare-root fruit trees in Texas,” said Jessica Robertson of Backbone Valley Nursery. “It’s all about the trees being dormant when you plant […]

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Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association scholarships for ag and horticultural students

BURNET — The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association is accepting applications for scholarships to area students. The deadline is April 30, 2015. (more…)

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Garden tour Oct. 11 features native plants and landscaping ideas

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — If the idea of using native plants in your yard or landscape sounds challenging, Fred Zagst wants you to reconsider. And he has the perfect story to illustrate why the switch isn’t so hard. (more…)

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Cherie Miller checks on beans growing in Camp Peniel's community garden. Miller, a volunteer, helped build the garden, which serves as a learning center for the camp's youth. The camp also donates some of the produce to local organizations such as Burnet County Meals on Wheels and The Helping Center of Marble Falls. A Community Garden Initiative Grant helped pay for an irrigation system for the garden. The Highland Lakes Health Partnership is offering another round of grants. Go to highlandlakeshealthpartnership.org for an application and more information. The deadline is July 25. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Camp Peniel garden brings kids closer to God’s creation

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SMITHWICK — Many lessons await Camp Peniel youth when they walk through the gate to the camp’s garden, but there’s one thing leaders hope campers take away from the experience more than anything else. (more…)

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Don’t let summer be a garden bummer with these helpful tips

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO — The hot summer days can wreak havoc on your garden, especially on those vegetables you planted in the spring. But with little touches here and there, those plants can thrive through the heat. (more…)

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Texas Hill Country Homeschoolers take lessons outside

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — It’s not something you typically find in a garden, but when one of the local homeschool children asked about planting it, Jennifer Jones shrugged and asked, “Why not?” (more…)

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Hope Hamilton plucks off a few dead blooms on her knock-out rose bush outside her Marble Falls home in the Pecan Valley community. When she and her husband, Tony, purchased the house in 2004, it featured a predominately bare front yard. With a little help from a landscaper, Hope created an oasis with roses, wildflowers, fruit trees and native plants. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Pecan Valley woman turns stark patch into bountiful oasis

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — As she surveyed her peach tree outside her front door, Hope Hamilton was surprised at what she found. Last year, the fruit tree barely managed a peach, and Hamilton believed it wouldn’t be much different this year. (more…)

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Celebrate biggest and best-tasting at Tomato Rally

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR TOBEYVILLE — Ah, the tomato. Gardeners, cooks and eaters alike are fascinated by the flavorful, red (as well as other colors) globe. Each spring, gardeners plant millions of the vegetable-like fruit. Backbone Valley Nursery in Tobeyville is hosting a celebration of the bountiful tomato, and it’s a chance for gardeners […]

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Scale it down with fairy garden workshops at Backbone Valley Nursery

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR TOBEYVILLE — The world of gardening just become a lot smaller thanks to the fascination with fairy gardening. “It’s really becoming quite popular,” said Jessica Robertson of Backbone Valley Nursery. “People are getting really interested in it.” (more…)

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Get back to basics with series on green living at Llano County Library

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO — As Tommi Meyers was looking out her window at the land she lived on outside Llano, she thought of all the ways to better use her property. Sure she had a garden, but what else could she do to make herself just bit more self-sufficient? (more…)

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Initiative providing funding to create community gardens in the Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Highland Lakes Health Partnership is offering Burnet County organizations a chance for funding to help build or enhance community gardens. The Community Gardens Initiative is providing up to $500 to four organizations. The vision of the program is “to create a space that will promote and support a […]

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