Do you enjoy gardening and want to learn more about gardening in our area? 

Texas A&M University-Texarkana and the Bowie County Master Gardeners will host a series of free gardening workshops this summer to provide techniques and information about growing vegetables, lawn care, controlling insects and diseases, and more.

Classes are set for Mondays, June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14, from 6-8PM in the TEXAR Room, University Center 116, on the A&M-Texarkana campus, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

“Keyhole Gardening and Victory Gardens” will be the topic of the June 12 session.

A keyhole garden is a raised-bed planter often built in the shape of a circle that measures approximately six feet in diameter, stands waist-high and is notched like a pie with a slice cut away. A hole in the center of the planter holds a composting basket that moistens and nourishes the soil. When viewed from above, the planter resembles a keyhole.

Prevalent during World War II, victory gardens allowed individuals to contribute to the war effort by growing their own food. These gardens were designed to allow a major portion of commercially grown produce to be used to feed the troops.

The July 10 workshop will focus on two topics “Spaceless and Small-Space Gardens” and “Trees and Tree Diseases.” 

Anyone with a sunny windowsill, patio or balcony can cultivate plants and flowers that are nourishing, delicious and beautiful. Whether planting vegetables, flowers or an herb garden, this workshop will feature garden ideas for those at home in apartments and houses with little to no yard.

The workshop also will include information about some of the most common tree diseases in the region. Suggestions will be given to help maintain healthy trees.

“Putting Up the Harvest” is the Aug. 14 workshop, which will focus on canning basics, including water bath and pressure, pressure canning, jams and jellies, pickles and pickled vegetables, freezing and drying.

The Bowie County Master Gardeners is a volunteer organization of horticultural enthusiasts. Master Gardeners receive extensive training in horticulture and provide volunteer service through approved projects back to their communities.

To register for the classes, call Shelley Caraway at (903) 334-6683 or write to EECD@tamut.edu.