Wilbur and Que Watje--Friends and
to Texas Horticulture and Master Gardening
Watje was in the Class 20 of the Bexar County Master Gardeners
in spring of 1996. His wife Que didn't have to take the classes--she
is naturally a Master of gardening--you should see her yard!!!
While in the Bexar County Master Gardeners, he worked closely
with Dr. Calvin Finch on his Treated Timber Study to determine
if the materials used to treat the wood leached into garden soil
and/or was absorbed by the plants. The study determined that the
plants did not absorb any of the slight amounts of chemical which
might leach from treated timbers but to be completely safe, all
root crops grown in close proximity to the treated timbers should
be washed thoroughly before eating. This is true for all root
crops no matter where they are grown.
Wilbur was also on the teams which conducted the first EvapoTranspiration
(ET) studies. He collected the data and processed it to determine
how much and how often different lawn grasses need supplemental
Before Wilbur was a Bexar County Master Gardener, he was a friend
and neighbor to Jerry Parsons. The Watjes and the Parsons moved
into the Braun Station subdivision about the same time in 1979.
Parsons quickly realized how organized Wilbur was and how he could
fix any machine.
Wilbur was also a computer genius who could easily digitalize
many old reports and horticulture publications for Parsons' PLANTanswers.com
and Aggie-Horticulture PLANTanswers at:
make them look better than the original
document. Some of these documents have become the mainstay of
these websites. Especially important are:
How to Grow the Tomato and 115 Ways to Prepare it for the Table
(Second Edition, August, 1936)
BULLETIN NO. 38 NOVEMBER 1936 - HOW THE FARMER CAN SAVE HIS SWEET
WAYS OF PREPARING THEM FOR THE TABLE
BULLETIN NO. 31 JUNE 1925 - How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways
Preparing it for Human
Our Vegetable Travelers -- The National Geographic History of
Healthy Food Choices for diabetic Mexican-Americans
His expertise as a photographer were utilized in making the first
digital images ever used for Texas Cooperative Extension Vegetable
Variety Trials as shown at:
This practice of putting digital images with Extension data is
now used throughout the Texas A&M System.
Wilbur worked tirelessly on a recently discovered San Antonio
Encyclopedia of Plants written by the late Margaret Kane.
This over 400 page manuscript will soon be available on PLANTanswers.com thanks to Wilbur.
Of course, these are a few of the many things which have been
accomplished by Wilbur and Que Watje. Wilbur's talents were often
utilized to take images at functions such as the San Antonio Herb
Market. Speaking of Herbs, Wilbur has also been asked to and has
graciously contributed to the Parsons' Family history in the form
of saving videos of Jerry Parsons--the early years on KENS television--and
scanning information about Jerry's famous father, Herb Parsons,
for use on the www.showmanshooter.com website.
Maybe the greatest contribution to Texas' horticulture has been
the filing of hundreds of digital images taken by Jerry Parsons
and other horticulturists in a searchable format which allows
for quick retrieval of horticulture images for use in magazines,
newspaper and national media as well as on various websites all
over the world. Wilbur discovered the technique to catalog these
images so all images of different subject matter can be instantly
Yes, without a doubt, Wilbur and Que Watje are true friends of
PLANTanswers and have contributed much to the horticulture world.
ONE OF THE MOST VITAL THINGS WILBUR DID
ME WAS TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE AN
INDEX OF MY DIGITAL IMAGES.
Below is a description of how to do it!
Create a text file list of the contents of a folder.
To create a file list of the contents of CDs, DVDs, or folders
on the hard drive, we use old DOS commands. To simplify to process
of getting to the DOS "Command Prompt", I use one of
Microsoft PowerToys called "Open Command Window Here".
This PowerToy adds an "Open Command Window Here" context
menu option on file system folders, giving you a quick way to
open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder.
To obtain a copy of the program, it can be down loaded from Microsoft
for free. This PowerToy works equally well with Windows 2000 and
PART 1 -- Down load MS PowerToy Open Command Window Here
Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx,
click on CmdHere.exe to download CmdHerePowertoySetup.exe and
save to your Desktop. Double click on this CmdHerePowertoy icon
on your Desktop to install on your computer.
PART 2 -- Making the file list from an open folder on hard drive,
CD or DVD
This method works best when the folders have descriptive file
names and the names are less than 64 characters long.
After installing the PowerToy use My Computer or Windows Explorer
to go to the Folder, CD, or DVD that needs a file directory made.
Right click on the item you would like to make to File list for
and then left click on the Open Command Window Here option. A
command prompt screen will open. For an open folder, open CD or
DVD, type the following command at the command prompt - - dir/s/d>
filename.txt - - where filename is the name of the list you are
creating. Then press Enter. The file list will be saved in the
folder you are working from.
dir - the DOS command
/s - A switch to displays files in specified directory and all
/d - A switch to control how the files are displayed
> - Output redirection operator. Tells DOS where to put the
filename - Name of the file you choose
.txt - Required to make a text file
For a CD or DVD that is closed and cannot be written to, use
the following command at the command prompt –
- dir/s/d> C:filename.txt - - where filename is the name of
the list you are creating. Then press Enter. The file list will
be saved in the main folder of the hard drive (C:). Move it to
the location where you would like to store it.
To edit or search the file, use a text editor, such as WordPad
or Word to view, print or search for a file or key word.
Note: To make a file listing with no header information or summary.
Use the switch /b and do not use the switches /s and /d.