Mineral Wells Index
By LIBBY CLUETT
PALO PINTO COUNTY – April showers have arrived, seemingly with fortitude, and this is an excellent time to plan to plant anew or tend to existing plants.
To help citizens in the process, the Palo Pinto County Master Gardener's Association's will host an Education Day workshop this Saturday in Palo Pinto. The program addresses drought-tolerant plants, rainwater harvesting – a timely topic for the weather the county is experiencing – and drip irrigation. Employing any or all of these can lead to better success with gardens in this landscape and
Saturday's half-day workshop, which begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at noon, takes place at the Palo Pinto County Agrilife Extension Office, located at 221 S. 5th Ave. in Palo Pinto. The cost is $10 per person.
For more information, call the Palo Pinto County Agrilife Extension Office at (940) 659-1228.
Another way the PPCMGA fulfills its mission to educate citizens is through a monthly, sometimes semi-monthly, column in the Index, titled “From a Gardening Perspective.”
In this month's column, readers will find tips written by PPCMGA's Sue McCormick, addressing drought-tolerant plants that do well in this region.
She would know, for McCormick and her husband, Bob, moved to Sportsman's World from the Dallas area, built a house (literally themselves) and carefully planted a garden – all of which was in the path of one of the April 2011 PK Complex fires.
After the fires turned mostly cedar forest to savannah, the McCormicks replanted, looking around them at what survived and what grew well throughout the subdivision. They also had to contend with what became one of the county's harshest droughts in recordable history.
Last April, McCormick gave a tour to her fellow master gardeners and the Index tagged along. Although the post-fire and post-drought landscape had changed, the McCormick's plants seemed to show no signs of the previous year's destruction.
“ I wanted flowers and I wanted them on plants,” McCormick said of her gardening goals. “I also wanted to show my neighbors you could have an attractive yard and didn't have to use just cactus.”
“I don't believe in using a natural resource we don't have to use and the drought tolerant plants do that for me,” said the gardener, who added that she also composts and recycles as much as possible.