Fall Into Vegetable Gardening program to take root July 23 in Dallas

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the Fall Into Vegetable Gardening program July 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Dallas County Master Gardener’s Research, Education and Demonstration Garden in Dallas.

The garden is located at Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road.

“Anyone can have a fall garden, even if they only have a small area,” said Stephen Hudkins, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Dallas County. “Program participants can learn how to utilize raised beds and square-foot gardening, or how to incorporate your vegetable plantings in your current landscape in what we call edible landscapes, plus learn about drip irrigation.”

Program registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $15 and payment is at the door.

Hudkins said attendees will also get to see the raised bed gardens and drip irrigation systems installed at the garden.

Program topics and presentations will be:

— The Fall Vegetable Garden- Soil Preparation, Varieties, Planting Dates and Location, Hudkins.

— Best Management Practices Using Raised Beds and Drip Irrigation, Jeff Raska, certified

Dallas County Master Gardener.

— The Principles of Square Foot Gardening, Hudkins.

Presentations will be followed by a garden tour and a question-and-answer session.

This program is the first of a five-part Gardening By The Yard series offered by AgriLife Extension. Other programs will include Water Conservation in the Landscape on Aug. 6; the Earth Kind Water-Wise Landscape on Aug. 20; Establishing a Backyard Vineyard on Sept.3; and The Healthy Home Lawn on Sept. 17.

The cost is $15 per program or $60 for the entire series.

For more information, contact Hudkins at 214-904-3054 or by email at stephen.hudkins@agnet.tamu.edu.

Editor’s Note: Effective IPM starts with good management practices, so if you’re in the Dallas area and are interested in home gardening but don’t know how to manage the pests, this would be a good workshop for you.

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