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Do-it-Yourself Landscaping

Before you spend big bucks to hire a landscape designer or architect, there are many things you can do concerning the design of beds around your house and yard. Master Gardener Dr. Tom Harris (who is not a landscape architect) will show you how to do most of the design process yourself. He will help you get started drafting your plan and offer tips on selecting and planting the right varieties.

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Gardening in Texas

If you have recently moved to this area, you're very quickly going to find that most of those plants you brought from "back home" won't grow here. Gardening here is like gardening in the desert and Dr. Tom Harris will show you how to adapt. He will discuss soils, plants, fertilizers, plant problems, composting, pruning, turf grass and xeriscaping.

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Haircuts for Your Plants

Pruning is one of those gardening tasks that most people just cannot or will not do. The truth is, however, that plants actually need some pruning to help them bloom, set fruit and/or generally prosper. Plants will respond according to how they are pruned. Dr. Tom Harris will also teach you what not to do and will show you how to sharpen your pruning shears. Bring a pair to class and see how to keep them razor sharp.

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Not That Kind of Drip - This Kind of Drip...Irrigation

Drip irrigation isn't rocket science and it is not all that expensive. All you need is a pair of scissors, some tubing and a few small parts and you are all set. You can build enough in one morning to do all your beds. The neat thing about drip irrigation is that it always puts the water where it's needed and, if you purchase a battery-powered timer, when it's needed. Dr. Tom Harris will show you how to design, build and install your own drip system.

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Square Foot Gardening and Beyond

It is as perfect as gardening gets and if that sounds like your kind of gardening, then join us for tips on this exciting gardening system. The class covers Square Foot Gardening and then goes beyond to include gardening in Texas. We will cover gardening from start to finish including location, construction, soil, planting, drip irrigation and harvesting. Dr. Tom Harris' latest book "Drip Line Gardening" will be available for purchase at the end of class.

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Whimsical Fairy Gardening

Fairy gardening has been gaining in popularity over the last couple of years. These whimsical container gardens offer a mini, planted playspace with endless opportunity for customization and imagination. Learn the basics from plant-picking to maintaining your fairy garden and come prepared to get a little dirty! Bring your own container (10x10x4 is best) or purchase one from the instructor. A $30 supply fee, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class, and covers all materials for your fairy garden. Marianne Rodriguez owns Whimsical Fairy Gardens and has been gardening for over 20 years.

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