I stopped in at Callaway’s Nursery this afternoon after receiving an email from them yesterday. Vegetable transplants are $2.29 today. Tomorrow they will cost $1.60 (30% off regular price). Even though I got the days mixed up, they still sold them to me at tomorrow’s discounted price. They had a pretty good selection of tomatoes, peppers and other veggies. I bought one Box Car Willie and one Early Girl tomato transplant since I didn't plants seeds of either one this year. I also bought a flat of everbearing strawberries to replenish my strawberry towers. My OCD has been allayed, at least for now.
Oh drat, do transplants purchased at a nursery need to be hardened off? I was ready to go out and plant.
Yes, and also 10% off to Master Gardeners, but only 1 10% off at a time. Today the 30% off was much better.
Also NHG gives 10% off to Master Gardeners and members of the Dallas Arboretum. Every little bit helps.
Sorry, drthor, to go off topic again like I sometimes do, but since the Dallas Arboretum was brought up by you, I was there yesterday and heard about some of the plans being made for hosting the Chihuly glass sculptures exhibit starting May 5th and going through November 5th, 2012. It is going to be amazing and I can't wait to see it. You can check out pictures of his works here:
I loove the Dallas Arboretum.
When I moved to Dallas six years ago I just hated life !!
I moved from Orlando (FL). My DH worked for the richest Mouse in the world ... I was able to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from my bedroom every night ...
I move to DFW in January ... no grass ... no leaves on the trees ...
I got my smile back after visiting the "Dallas in Bloom festival" at the Dallas Arboretum ... I realized that I could grow all of those beautiful flowers too ...
So I start to enjoy life again ... now I dunno want to move ever again ...
Hey, I started this thread so I can relax the rules a little. I wouldn't get by with going off-topic if drthor had started the thread. (Oops, I hope she doesn't read this).
I would highly recommend the Master Gardener's program to anyone who has the time to attend 10 weeks of classes 1 day a week and then the time to do the volunteer hours that are required. The program doesn’t make you an expert but it does expose you to a lot of information you wouldn't otherwise have.
I was the only person in my class of 63 that was disappointed when the classes were over. Everyone thought that I was weird, probably because it was somewhat like college with homework, quizes, and reading assignments every week, and at the end , a 400 question final exam, but it was a take-home open book test and we had 3 weeks to complete it.
The only reason I haven't enrolled is that I haven't heard very favorable things about the Harris County MG program. I've called and the Master Gardener's there didn't know answers to questions I already had surmised an answer to. I was just calling for confirmation, and they were totally befuddled.
I'd like a more serious program, especially if I have to pay for it.
BTW, what was your approximate enrollment time, and $$?
I know that each county holds its classes at different times of the year. In Dallas County last year the classes were every Monday starting July 25th through October 24th (10 weeks), with Labor Day off. You had to register by sometime in May I believe, and the cost was $275. They don't accept everyone who applies and they personally interview each applicant so they can ascertain that they can fulfill the time commitment to the program because there is a significant commitment. 105 people applied last year and 65 were accepted, and 2 or 3 people dropped out before the end. I'm not sure what you mean by "serious program", but I know that the Dallas County program couldn’t have been any more serious, but at the same time a lot of fun.
Everyone working at the MG Help Desk has a different knowledge base and skill and experience level. This time of year you'll get a lot of interns like me fulfilling their volunteer hours requirement. If I get a question from a caller and I don't know the answer or can't find it quickly, I will get the caller's name and a callback phone number and will research it until I find the correct answer and call them back (this SOP, all MGer’s are instructed to do this). So please be patient with us and don’t expect us to know everything off of the top of our heads.
I didn't take offense at all to your statement about MGer's. I found out in going through the classroom portion of the program just how much I didn't know. I've been told that I will acquire even more knowledge than from classroom instruction in the volunteer stage I'm in now, working alongside more experienced MGer's.