Temperatures are starting to warm up in Houston and the master gardeners in residence at Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware in Kingwood are ready to give advice on planting vegetables, herbs, flowers and more. Alspaugh’s Master Gardener Kate Henderson offered, “Now is definitely the time to plant. We are bringing in spring things and we’ve got a lot of things that will go all the way through the summer. We have a huge variety of herbs. We just got in our new Mighty Maters. These tomato plants get absolutely huge. You plant them in a whiskey barrel and they will grow [in excess of six feet]. You get a normal size tomato, but many of them.” Henderson explained the local aspect of the plants they offer. “Our plants are locally sourced, and we only sell things that will do well in the soil here. We want people to have a good experience gardening. We don’t want people to buy things that die in a month. We definitely don’t want people to be frustrated,” said Henderson. In addition to an extensive collection of plants, Alspaugh’s offers a full selection of soils, fertilizers and containers. “Our selection of containers and yard art is phenomenal,” noted owner Rick Alspaugh. “We are the number one retail seller in the U.S. of ceramic containers shaped as feet and also of small yard art turtles,” added Henderson. Many of the members of the Alspaugh’s garden shop are master gardeners. “We all know what we are talking about and can help customers make the right decisions for their gardens,” said Henderson. Alspaugh’s offers gardening classes on various subjects. “We have a class coming up on Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. on container gardens. Those who attend the class will be making an actual container garden. You can bring a container from home, especially if you’ve got a special container, like your grandmother’s heirloom, or you can buy one here. You will choose, with our help if you like, the plants to include during the class,” she said. For more information, call Alspaugh’s at 281-360-2231. Photo: The team at Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware welcome your business for the spring. Garden center staff from left are Lynne Transier, Kate Henderson, (owner) Rick Alspaugh, Lib Gilreath and Teresa Metelits. Photo by Susan McFarland

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