Starting A Vegetable Garden
When choosing what vegetable varieties to grow, consider your climate, space and family’s food needs. Also, decide how much you want to harvest and freeze or give away each year.
Vegetables are demanding plants that need fertile soil, regular watering and protection from pests and weeds. Planting them correctly is key to successful harvests.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold a Plantastic Gardening Seminar on Feb. 24 in Fredericksburg.
The program will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension office in Gillespie County, 38 Business Court.
The cost for the program is $40 with a box lunch or $30 without lunch. Register online at https://tx.ag/Feb24Plantastic by Feb. 21. Onsite registration will be available for $30 but there will not be a lunch option. Prepackaged refreshments will be provided as part of the program.
Participants preferring to register using a paper form can go to the AgriLife Extension office or download and mail in the form, which must arrive by Feb. 21. Those needing additional information should contact the office at 830-997-3452.
“Our Plantastic Gardening Seminar has lots of different sessions, but they all focus upon vegetable gardening,” said Beth McMahon, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Gillespie County. “Organic or non-organic, big garden or little garden, beginner gardener or more experienced — you are sure to find a session that you will enjoy and learn from.”
In addition to McMahon, Hill Country Master Gardeners will be on hand at the event. The Plantastic Gardening Seminar topics will include:
- Growing tomatoes.
- Controlling animal pests in your garden.
- Setting up your own irrigation system.
- Hill Country Gardening 101.
- Growing melons.
- Creating your own compost.
- Raising your own worms.
- Container gardening and wicking bed tips.
- Space-saving techniques for a small garden.
McMahon said there will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the event and gardeners should have their questions ready.