Finding your favorite master gardener information is an internet search

The amount of information we have now is incredible. You can type anything in your browser and get thousands of hits. Five years ago, I finally donated my encyclopedias, but I kept the two-volume dictionary. Mainly because I have a lamp sitting on it for decoration.

Surprisingly, my granddaughter asked me if I had the encyclopedias that came with them, stating, “I wish you still had them. I love reading these things. Knowledge is fun and empowers you to do the things you are passionate about.

But it is sometimes difficult to find information directly related to our region and the challenges of gardening. So for the best local information available, check out the Permian Basin Master Gardener website. If you haven’t visited our website recently,, you should. Over the past two years it has been updated and redesigned. It contains information about upcoming classes, plant lists, and gardening information pertaining to West Texas.

Did you know you can access Permian Basin Master Gardener videos on YouTube? We have started uploading instructional videos from our members, AgriLife agents and guest speakers. Texas A&M uploads to YouTube at MyExtension210, which includes short and long videos on everything from growing grapes to making compost.

On the Permian Basin Master Gardener website, you can find the locally produced videos from the homepage. Scroll down until you see the You Tube link and click on it. For more information on a range of topics from plants and tools to gardening techniques and ideas, check out the PBMG blog. The blog also contains copies of our published journal articles.

So if you’re looking for inspiration, new to the area, or just want to spend an hour immersed in gardening know-how, check out the Permian Basin Master Gardener digital resources.


Permian Basin Master Gardener Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9, Ector County Coliseum, Building A. Come early; plants sell.


If you have any questions, please call the AgriLife office in Odessa at 432-498-4071 or in Midland at 432-686-4700 for more gardening information. Additional information is available at and

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