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How Green Is Your Thumb?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Posted May 14, 2014

We all know someone with a “green thumb”? Have you wondered where that term came from? According to James Underwood Crockett, it comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will stain a person’s thumb (and fingers) if he or she handles enough pots. Hence, a person who is always working with flower pots has a green thumb. Other sources credit chlorophyll for the phrase that became popular in the early 1900s. It links green thumbs specifically to the green stains you’ll get under the fingernails and on the hands from handling and cutting lots of plants.

Whether you have a green thumb or want a greener thumb, the Central Texas Master Gardeners in Brady have an opportunity for you to learn more about all things green in our upcoming Master Gardener Training Class. Classes will include workshops, lectures, and field trips, and will be held on Tuesdays from September 9 through November 11, usually from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Master Gardener training program is offered through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and consists of a minimum of 50 training hours. Participants agree to donate at least 50 hours of volunteer service within a year to their county extension program and community. Upon completion of those requirements, the participant is certified as a Texas Master Gardener.

Cost of the program is $175, which includes the Texas Master Gardener handbook. The training will be offered for $200 to persons who want to attend the classes but cannot commit to the volunteer service and do not desire to earn the title of Master Gardener.

A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required with application. Payment in full is due no later than the first class day. To pre-register, contact the McCulloch County Extension Office at 114 West Main Street in Brady, TX 76825. Phone: 325-597-1295. Email: or download an application at:

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