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

Want to practice IPM in your vegetable garden? Brochures and video available for southeast gardeners

If you’ve ever tried growing vegetables in your own home garden, you know the kinds of challenges that come with farming your own food. If you’re lucky enough to avoid having deer eat your long-awaited produce, you might still have insects burrowing into your bean pods or tomatoes, disease striking entire groups of plants, or just problems with malnourishment or not enough sun.

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