Planting time for spring gardens is around the corner, so prep now

Spring gardens may not be as soon for the northern states in the southern region, but the recommendations in this article are applicable to all gardeners.

by Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife

The time is now for East Texas vegetable gardeners to make preparations for planting early varieties and spring garden staples, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Gardeners have some cool-season vegetables planted already and are soon preparing to plant early vegetable varieties, such as onions, said Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife Extension small-acreage vegetable specialist, Overton.  Continue reading

Weather and pests can make summer squash a frustrating crop for home gardeners

by Sharon Dowdy, University of Georgia

Pests and diseases make summer squash one of the most challenging vegetables to grow in Georgia home gardens, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Elizabeth Little, who studies plant diseases and control methods at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

“Through my plant pathology experience and observations, I’ve noticed what is most difficult to grow in Georgia’s hot, muggy summers. Squash tops the list,” Little said. “That’s why summer squash will grow better where summer conditions are cooler and drier.” Continue reading

Three fall vegetable gardening programs to be offered in San Antonio

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County will present three free vegetable gardening programs in San Antonio during the fall.

The first program, It’s More Than the Spring!, will be from 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 10 at Milberger’s Landscape Nursery, 3920 N. Loop 1604 E.

The Earth-Kind seminar will be presented by David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Bexar County. Continue reading

AgriLife Extension to present two fall gardening programs in Dallas during September

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas AgriLife Extension

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present two programs in its Gardening By the Yard fall gardening series this September in Dallas.

The programs will be from 9 a.m.-noon at Raincatcher’s Garden, Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Continue reading

Tips for being successful with your fall garden

Janet Hurley, Extension specialist and School IPM specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife, included an article in her School IPM newsletter last week about creating a school garden. The information in the article was really useful for anyone who wants to plant a fall garden, even at home, so I thought I would use the information in her article and make it applicable to an urban audience. If you’re a teacher and plan to create a garden at your school, be sure to read her article.

If you’re planning on turning your summer garden into a fall garden, before you begin planting, there are certain things you want to consider. First, if your garden is overgrown with weeds, and you’re planning to apply herbicides, be sure that you and your children stay out of the area for at least 4 hours. At home I usually wait at least a day before I walk on the area again. Continue reading

Long-term strategic planning can pay dividends for home gardeners and commercial growers

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

Growing fruits and vegetables can be a constant battle against pests, disease and weather.

Dr. Joe Masabni wants home gardeners and commercial growers to become strategists rather than tacticians because successfully growing fruits and vegetables can depend on preparedness and planning. Continue reading

Are some plants deer-resistant? Not really, say Georgia experts

From Georgia FACES

by Frank M. Watson, University of Georgia

When deer leave the shelter of the woods in search of food, they often inspect the shrubs and flowers in your front yard’s landscape as if they were browsing a buffet.

They will nibble your pansies as an appetizer and then fill up on the azaleas as their main course. Then they’re off to the day lilies for dessert. Continue reading

Texas Extension specialist teaches home gardening

A home-size garden might not be the traditional workplace for a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist, but Dr. Ron French is spending some extra time this year with his tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables.

French, who traditionally helps farmers analyze the diseases and pathogens in the commodity crops, is working with a variety of sizes and styles of gardens on the grounds of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. W., Amarillo.

French has scheduled four two-hour workshops on gardening and plant health. The two  morning workshops will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. and run from 9-11 a.m. on Aug. 8 and Aug. 15. The two evening workshops begin with registration at 5:30 p.m., with the program following from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 7 and Aug. 14. Continue reading

Plan now to control vegetable diseases all season long

Although the following story is for Kentucky growers, some of the tips on gardening practices can apply region-wide. Be sure to contact your county Extension office for your state’s recommendations on planting and disease control.

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 10, 2012) – With many vegetables already in the ground or soon-to-be planted, home gardeners can incorporate a few simple practices into their management programs to minimize diseases this growing season, said Kenny Seebold, extension plant pathologist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

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