Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 16, 2010

HCMG free summer workshop in Ben Wheeler

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — Whether you need to improve your current garden, plan to start a second crop,  or plan to start a new one in the fall, attending this Thursday, June 17, free Henderson County Master Gardeners workshop is an excellent way to get you started on the road to success.

The workshop will be presented by Jim Bundscho,  Manager of the Ben Wheeler Community Garden and Education Center located at 1270 Farm-to-Market 279 in Ben Wheeler.  The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m.  

 Bundscho is a man who lives to teach and share, has total respect for the environment, and says he can fix anything that’s been broken.

He came to East Texas from the Houston area where he had worked to help create Houston’s largest Farmer’s Market, worked with the Montgomery County Ag Extension Office in Conroe designing and installing drip irrigation systems, as well as rainwater collection systems. He was an active member of the Montgomery County Master Gardeners.

Bundscho will take the workshop attendees through the steps  he used to create this  garden from scratch.  The steps will begin with the elimination of grass at the site, recommendations for soil testing, and include his method of irrigation, fertilizing, bed formation, composting, use of compost, trenching, planting with seed and transplants, spacing,  pest control, harvesting and successive (doing it again) planting.  

His January  planting of  cilantro, arugula and mixed lettuce seed survived the snow.  

Every practice he talks about can be used in every garden from a small home plot to the acre he is now working.  And you can see the result.

The Henderson County Master Gardeners will  serve up some cold squash soup made from the Center garden vegetables, as well as some raw veggie treats to be dipped in a homemade crudite.

In addition, Nina Ellis of the HCMG will  help Bundscho create a demonstration garden of native plants at the Center  this fall.  

This is the second workshop in the HCMG Summer Series offered free to the public.  

For further information on the Series, check  the HCMG website at or call the AgriLife Extension Office at  903-675-6130.