Go Green-Go Native-Go Organic
The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled “Go Green-Go Native-Go Organic; the ‘ins and outs and do’s and don’t of organic gardening. To be held via Zoom at 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 27, 2023. Our own Bob Dailey, Master Gardener and long-time G.R.E.E.N. member, lecturer and author,will be our guest speaker. The Zoom link to the lecture: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86289782095 Or, go to our website at thewoodlandsgreen.org and click on the meetings link in the Sustainability Lecture section.
Topic: Soil is the living layer of earth. The soil biome is one of the most important webs in the world. Without it, plants cannot get the nutrients they need to grow and produce seed and fruit. An acre of good soil can contain about 50,000 earthworms, which deposit about 18 tons of earth per year in the form of castings. That same acre can contain 5,000 pounds of bacteria and fungi, 800 pounds of microscopic arthropods, 300 pounds of protozoa sand 100 pounds of nematodes. The real shocker is that there can be thousands of miles of mycorrhizal fungi in that identical acre.
To put it into another perspective, a gram of good soil can contain several miles of mycorrhizal fungi, up to 10 billion bacterial cells, from 10,000 to 100,000 protozoa. Bob will speak to the importance of enhancing your soils with organic matter, and the detrimental effects of inorganic fertllizers and pesticides.
Speaker; Bob is a master gardener, master naturalist and member of the Pines and Prairies chapter of the NPSOT(Native Plant Society of Texas) . He is a lecturer and writer on many plant topics and has written hundreds of articles, both in print and online, on topics ranging from rainwater harvesting to organic gardening.
He served on an ad hoc committee that developed the water conservation strategy for The Woodlands, a project which he managed for 15 years. During that period, water consumption for single family residences dropped from 200+ gallons to 91 gallons per person per day. As a result his department received the Texas Water Development award for advances in water conservation. Other awards include Water Conservation Leader of The Year from the Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium group – along with Paul Nelson- and Educator of the Year from the Montgomery County Master Gardener Association. In 2015, he was named Master Gardener of The Year by the Texas Master Gardeners Association.
He has advanced training in plant propagation, rainwater harvesting, irrigation and turf grass management from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service. He and his wife, Denise, live in Willis, where he pretends to garden, pretends to write, and pretends to prepare lectures. His website, Gulf Coast Gardening, is now live online.
Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. welcomes you to this free talk via Zoom on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 pm. Hoping Bob will present pictures of their new home in Wills. His yard/garden is an outstanding example of a transformation from standard grass to native plants and vegetables.
HOW TO CONNECT: Click on the following link to gain access to this informative presentation: LINK HERE
Look forward to seeing you there!