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ON-CALL CRISIS POOL WORKERS NEEDED. Part-time positions are available for after hours “on-call” crisis workers to respond to mental health crisis for Wilson and Karnes Counties. Duties include crisis interventions, assessments, referrals to stabilization services, and referrals for involuntary treatment services according to the Texas Mental Health Laws. You must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, sociology, social work, nursing, etc. On-call hours are from 5 p.m.-8 a.m. weekdays, weekends and holidays vary. If selected, you must attend required training and must be able to report to designated safe sites within 1 hour of request for assessment. Compensation is at a rate of $200 per week plus $100 per completed and submitted crisis assessment, and mileage. If interested call Camino Real Community Services, 210-357-0359.
Mission Road Ministries is a nonprofit organization serving more than 825 children and adults with intellectual & other developmental disabilities each day with residential, day services and vocational programs in San Antonio, Texas helping clients reach independence, productivity and inclusion in the community. Seeking Residential Care Professionals for our Children and Adult Programs; FT, PT.  $8-$10.25/hr. depending on experience and education.  Must be at least 21 years of age; pass background check and drug testing.  Interviews every week. Call for an appointment, 210-924-9265.
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Ask the Master Gardeners Nov. 2011




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Q: We are building a new house and would like shrubs out in front. We really like camellias. Will they do well in the Seguin area?

A: According to Dr. William Welch, an AgriLife horticulturist, camellias are best grown in the eastern third of Texas. There you get the best combination of acid soil, rainfall and temperature. Even there, camellias are likely to require more attention to watering, mulching and soil amendment than some gardeners are willing to provide. He suggests that if you really want camellias, grow them as container plants in a soil mix that is about 1/2 sphagnum peat moss, 1/4 sharp builder’s sand, and 1/4 compost. A friend of mine in Seguin does manage to grow a camellia on the north side of her house. We conjecture that the surrounding oak trees provide oak leaf mulch which helps acidify the soil. However, you are better off to plant shrubs that do well in this area such as Burford holly Earth Kind roses, cherry laurel, Texas mountain laurel, possumhaw, yaupon holly, and Texas sage or cenizo. You can research shrubs on the website aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu.

Texas Sage is valued for its outstanding gray-green to silver-gray foliage and purple-pink flowers. After that last rain we had, you can really spot the cenizo. Some shrubs are just covered with flowers. This semi-evergreen shrub is adapted to usage in much of the southern two thirds of Texas. Occasional pruning will enhance the canopy density. Be sure to plant cenizo in a well drained area because it is frequently killed by kindness (over irrigation). The aggie-horticulture website says the shrub tends to become leggy with age. My neighbor had good luck trimming his ten year old leggy cenizo. Another friend left her sage leggy and shaped it like a large bonsai. Both look fine. Cenizo has high heat tolerance, low water requirements, high pest resistance and low fertilizer requirements.

Burford holly is planted across my front windows. The shrubs have glossy, dark green foliage. Jerry Parsons describes the shrub as a very popular and widely used landscape holly which produces an excellent crop of berries each year. Burford holly grows quite large, often reaching 10 to 15 feet, which makes my husband unhappy as he has to prune frequently (this, of course, is an occasion where researching and preplanning the location would have been better). Plant out away from your house or plant a shorter variety.

Earth Kind roses and antique roses make popular shrubs. Many of the varieties such as Mutabilis (four to six feet high) look very nice as free-standing shrubs. The nice thing about Earth Kind roses and antique roses is the easy care and fewer insect or disease problems. Mine are almost care free except for deadheading and pruning.



If you have a question to be answered, call the Master Gardeners at 830-379-1972 or leave a message to be answered. The website is guadalupecountymastergardeners.org. The Master Gardener research library is open Mondays from 8:30 to noon, on the second floor of the Texas AgriLife Extension building, 210 East Live Oak in Seguin.
 
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