Let’s Play in the Dirt!

Let’s Play in the Dirt!

Abilene Public Library 202 Cedar for more information, contact Dennis Miller or dennis.miller@abilenetx.com The first requirement for growing vegetables successfully in West Texas is to ensure that one has the best soil possible and with our predominantly heavy red clay that takes some initial know how and work. A new Master Gardeners workshop at the Abilene Public Library on Thursday, September 4th is designed to help vegetable gardeners know just how to prepare their soil for the best results. The free program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of the Main Library at 202 Cedar Street. Master Gardener Audrey Gillespie will talk about the problems associated with our generally alkaline and sandy soils and how, by adding nutrients with the use of organic matter, compost, or commercial products, gardeners can enrich their soils. Audrey earned her Master Gardener designation in 2002. The program through the Texas A&M Extension Service requires 50 hours of training and 50 hours of volunteer service initially. Then to become a specialist, an additional 12 hours of training and 20 hours of volunteer work must be done. Each year individuals must recertify. The speaker is a specialist in composting, and EarthKind, a combination of organic and traditional environmentally responsible gardening techniques. She also writes a regular horticultural column in the “Abilene Reporter-News” and is a member of the board and past president for the Master Gardeners.