The Drought to Deluge gardening series continues March 2 with the Soil Nutrient Management Webinar hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County.
The webinar is free, and anyone interested can register. Due to technological constraints, a limit of 100 registered attendees can participate in the real-time, online presentation. However, an unlimited number of people can register to view a recording of the program once it has taken place.
Only those who register will be able to access the live session or the program recording.
Jake Mowrer, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension soil fertility specialist, Bryan-College Station, will present the webinar from 10 a.m.-noon. He will address soil physical and chemical properties, nutrient uptake, testing and fertilizers.
“Dr. Mowrer will provide us with the basics so that we can find gardening success in the challenging Travis County and other Central Texas soils,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County.
Richards said the webinar series coincides with the recent publication of the book From Drought to Deluge: The Resilient Central Texas Garden, which can be purchased online.
“Both the book and the webinars, which are part of the 2021 Central Texas horticulture educational series, revolve around xeriscaping principles,” Richards said.
Questions can be submitted ahead of time or during the webinar to get answers live as time allows. Afterward, questions that don’t make it to the webinar will receive an emailed reply.
Horticultural education opportunities
Richards said the AgriLife Extension horticultural program in Travis County provides free or low-cost public programs on gardening and food preservation topics throughout the year.
“These interactive programs help the public get more joy and productivity from their gardens, troubleshoot problems and develop environmentally-sensitive gardening techniques,” she said.
Many of the programs also offer continuing education units, CEUs, for those holding Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator licenses and Texas Nursery and Landscape Association membership. Contact Richards if you need more information on professional CEUs.
“Other programs in the series will address lawns, irrigation and plant selection,” Richards said. “Then we will have backyard fruit and vegetable growing webinars in the fall.”
All programs will be presented by experts from Texas A&M AgriLife and the Travis County Master Gardeners Association.