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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

New garden club sprouts in Nolanville

New garden club sprouts in Nolanville

By: Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent 

The Keep Nolanville Beautiful hosted its first of many Nolanville Neighbors Garden Club meeting on Monday afternoon. Over 12 people showed up to learn about gardening in the Nolanville area.

“I wanted a garden club. I have always liked to plant and keep gardens,” said Marie Reis, President, Belton Horticulture Society.

Attendees were eager to learn and share information with each other. Topics discussed  included; buying soil, composting, soil analysis, native plants and bugs. Attendees learned that most soil in Central Texas is too alkaline and is not nitrogen rich. Soil in this area benefits from manure and coffee grounds. Also discussed was soil hardness and how that can be improved by adding more topsoil or using raised beds.

“The looser the soil, the better the roots will breathe,” said Lisa Driver, horticulturist.

Attendees were reminded how important it is to get soil analyzed. With a soil analysis, gardeners will know just what nutrients their soil needs or has too much of. Texas A&M University provides a soil analysis service for a small fee via mail.

“I am the only person that can kill a crape myrtle. They want to live, but they can’t,” said Kara Escajeda, City Manager, Nolanville. “The only time they showed they could make it was when we had all that rain.”

Texas is known for its periods of droughts and floods. When it rains, sometimes it pours and that precious commodity of rain water can be harvested and used later. Ken Schoen, Founder, Lake Stillhouse Hollow Cleanwater, told attendees how to make rain barrels for harvesting rainwater. Many in attendance were surprised to learn that with the proper tax form, all materials can be purchased tax free for the construction of a rain barrel.

“Very informative. If you want to try gardening in Texas, you need to take a class. Things just grow different here,” said Steve Hoskins, Harker Heights Resident.

Surveys were handed out to help know which classes the community members would be interested in for future garden club meetings. Attendees also had the chance to win garden related door prizes. They enjoyed refreshments as they met their new gardening neighbors.

“Pretty happy with the turnout. I like that there is a lot of youth here. They came after school to participate in a garden club,” commented Escajeda.


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