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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

New webinar on controlling fire ants in vegetable gardens

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT – How to Control Fire Ants in Vegetable Gardens, Around Ponds, and In Electrical Equipment – April 5, 1:00 PM Central Daylight time.

Vicky Bertagnolli, an Extension Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator with Clemson University, and Dr. Bastiaan Drees, a Professor of Entomology with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are the presenters. The webinar is sponsored by eXtension and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.  The webinar series is coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice.

For more information, see –http://www.extension.org/pages/67548

On April 5, participants can use this link to connect to the webinar – https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/fireant

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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