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September 8, 2018 – Seminar “Herbs-What to do with them?”

11:00-12:00  Martha’s Bloomers-Arbor Room, Speaker: Judy Barrett

Judy Barrett was the founding editor and publisher of HOMEGROWN: Good Sense Organic Gardening, which was published for 20 years as a magazine and online.  She was previously the editor of The New Garden Journal and one of the hosts of the public television series, The New Garden.

Judy Barrett, Author

Judy is the author of several gardening books including Tomatillos:  A Gardener’s Dream A Cook’s Delight and How To Become An Organic Gardener in 7 Easy Steps.   Her book: What Can I Do With My Herbs? was published by Texas A&M Press in the spring of 2009. What Makes Heirloom Plants So Great? was published by Texas A&M Press in October, 2010. Recipes From and For The Garden came out in the spring of 2012. YES! You Can Grow Roses came out in September 2013.  Easy Edibles: How to grow and enjoy fresh food, came out in the fall of 2015.  Her latest book, When Good Gardens Go Bad, was published in Spring of 2018.

She is a columnist for the Austin American-Statesman and an occasional columnist on gardening for Edible Austin, ACRES U.S.A and the Harris Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Judy speaks to groups about gardening across the South and Southwest regions, including garden clubs, events and nurseries, herb societies, Master Gardeners and Expert Gardener training.

She holds BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin and has edited books on a variety of topics, including gardening, business, medicine and others.

In addition to all that fun, Judy is married, has 2 daughters, 2 stepdaughters, 10 grandchildren – all fabulously intelligent, beautiful, clever and kind.  She lives in Taylor, Texas.



August 18th Seminar: “Succulents – Tips on Growing Succulents” 

11:00 a.m. Arbor Room at

Martha’s Bloomers




Speaker: David McAden, Brazos County Master Gardener

David Mc Aden received a B.S. in 1970 and an M.S. in 1977 from Texas A&M in Wildlife and Fisheries Science.

Mr. McAden worked in Houston for 41 years for Houston Lighting & Power, Reliant Energy HL&P, Center Point Energy (same company, different names).  He did impact studies of power plant intakes and discharged on aquatic life, then moved to Transmission Engineering where he worked on routing studies and bird impact studies.

After retiring, Mr. McAden moved to College Station in 2012.  He became a Brazos County Master Gardener in 2015 and served as the Brazos County V.P.-2016 and President- 2017

David McAden, Brazos County Master Gardener

Everything For Your Home & Garden

Bee Keeping

 by Roosevelt Roberson

In 1888, 130 years ago, Florence and Zachariah Weaver were gifted 10 hives of honeybees as a wedding present from Florence’s brothers. What began as a hobby for the newlyweds quickly turned into a passion for the generations that followed. Based in Lynn Grove, a small community south of Navasota, BeeWeaver is owned by 4th generation beekeeper Dan Weaver and his wife, Laura. Their honey farm is open to the public 7 days a week. Annual festivals, weekly hive tours and daily tastings at the honey bar make BeeWeaver a destination for beekeepers, the bee curious, and honey lovers!
In 1966 Roosevelt needed a job. Weaver Apiaries needed a beekeeper. A sweet match was made! Roy Weaver, Sr (Dan Weaver’s grandfather) hired Roosevelt after confirming that he would be willing to stick his hand in a beehive. When asked, Roosevelt said, “Well, if other men are doing that then I bet I can, and I’m willing to try.” Before long Roosevelt was one of Weaver’s queen bee productions experts.
For many years, Roosevelt worked as Binford Weaver’s right hand man, managing honey bee colonies in the Brazos Valley, along the Gulf Coast, in Southwest Texas, the Panhandle, and North Dakota. He was the first beekeeper anywhere to develop the technique of one man running two shaker boxes simultaneously. This revolutionized package bee productions, essentially doubling productivity once the intricacies were mastered. Assuming, of course, the beekeeper was up to the athletic challenge that this technique demanded. Roosevelt knocked it out of the park! By the time Dan was a young beekeeper he knew that if his Dad (Binford) was not around to ask a question of, he should turn to Roosevelt.
Roosevelt has over 50 years of commercial beekeeping experience. A lifetime of working beehives has given him memories and skills few in the world can rival. Combine his charismatic personality, sense of humor, and story telling and you have the King Bee.
Weekly, when weather allows, Roosevelt takes BeeWeaver’s guests on hive tours. During Bee Expert Socials he can help beekeepers, ‘wannabee’ beekeepers, or just the bee curious with their questions and ideas. Roosevelt hosts school children, senior groups, families, birthday friends, and more in the bee yard. His comfortable demeanor and easy going smile will make anyone feel at ease with the bees.
BeeWeaver is proud of our employees and the work they do. Each member of the BeeWeaver Hive helps keep the Buzz going. King Bee Roosevelt is a key player in BeeWeaver’s past, present, and future!

Earth Kind & Low Maintenance Roses

 by Gaye Hammond

Gaye is the Past President of the Houston Rose Society. She is a life member and patron of American Rose Society and serves on the Marketing Committee of the national organization. Gaye is also the study liaison between the Houston Rose Society and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in connection with Earth-Kind® Rose Research – the largest environmental rose research study done in the U.S.
Gaye is an entertaining speaker and an avid writer of more than 300 articles that have been published in local, state, national and international magazines and newspapers. She has co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article on Earth-Kind Roses published in
2009 in Floriculture & Ornamental Biotechnology, a chapter in The Sustainable Rose Garden and authored a chapter in the book, Gulf Coast Gardening. Her photography has appeared on the cover of HortScience (December 2010) and she was awarded the cover story for the September 2011 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine.

Start Growing Your Own Salsa Garden!

How to Plan Your Salsa Garden

Select an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. A 4×4 foot raised bed or square foot garden will grow plenty of ingredients for fresh salsa. A trellis on the north side of the bed will provide extra room for vining tomatoes to grow without shading the other plants.

Divide your raised bed garden into one-foot sections to make it easy to map out the growing area so you know where to plant everything in your salsa garden. Beginning in the back of the bed:


Row 4: 3 Tomatoes along a trellis.

Row 3: 4 Peppers in front of the tomatoes (1 per square foot).

Row 2: 9 Onions per square foot.

Row 2: Garlic Fall planted garlic = 6/square foot OR Spring planted Garlic = 9/square foot.

Row 1: 9 Cilantros per square foot.


Start onions, peppers, and tomato seedlings from seed under lights or use transplants. Onion sets, garlic seeds, garlic chive, and cilantro seeds are available at Martha’s Bloomers or at your local garden center.

What to Grow in Your Salsa Garden

The basic ingredients that go into salsa are tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, and cilantro.


Select meaty indeterminate varieties of tomatoes with good flavor, such as Amish Paste, Juliet, and San Marzano. These are dense, have few seeds, and not a lot of moisture to water down the salsa. Other fleshy varieties to consider are Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, or Bloody Butcher.

Indeterminate tomato plants grow very tall and produce their fruit over a period of time. Three tomato plants located on the north side of the garden bed along the trellis will provide you with plenty of tomatoes for salsa beginning mid-summer until frost.

Start seeds indoors, under lights, 6 weeks before your last frost date. Transplant hardened-off seedlings into the garden after all danger of frost has past. Plant them 16 inches apart along the north end of your garden in front of the trellis. Tie the vines to the trellis as the plant grows. Prune out the lower branches to aid in air circulation. Water regularly if rainfall is scarce. Plants need about 1 inch of water weekly once they are actively growing.


Do you like your salsa mild or hot? For hot salsa, select varieties of chili peppers such as Jalapeno, Serrano, or Habanera. If you prefer mild salsa, opt for bell peppers and mix with a mildly hot pepper like Anaheim. Four different pepper plants will allow you to mix, match, and experiment with a variety of salsa flavors.

Start seeds indoors, under lights, 8 weeks before your last frost date. Transplant hardened-off seedlings into the garden after all danger of frost has past. Space pepper plants at least 12 inches apart. Use small tomato cages to help support the plants. Water regularly if rainfall is scarce. Plants need about 1 inch of water weekly once they are actively growing.


Onion flavors range from sweet to pungent. Select onion varieties that grow well in your area. Grow from seed or small bulbs in the spring. Space onions 4 inches apart or place 9 per square foot.


Garlic is usually planted in the fall for larger bulbs, but it can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked. The spring grown bulbs will be smaller, but will taste the same. Space fall planted garlic 6 per square foot and spring planted garlic 9 per square foot.

Another option to add garlic flavor to your salsa is to purchase a garlic chive plant, which we carry at Martha’s Bloomers. Chopped garlic chives will add a nice, mild garlic flavor to your salsa and will make a nice addition to your salsa garden.


Cilantro adds a nice, fresh zing to salsa. Cilantro matures quickly, especially in warm weather, so to keep a continuous supply of cilantro available for your fresh salsa, grow a slow bolt variety, such as Cilantro Long Standing and keep seeding every 3 weeks.

Direct sow cilantro seeds in one square, 4 inches apart or 9 per square foot. Cover seeds with ½ an inch of soil and keep moist. Sow another round in the next square 3 weeks later, then the next 3 weeks after that, and then the next. Keep rotating and this will maintain a steady supply of fresh cilantro growing and ready for harvest for your salsa.