Home Vegetable Gardening Seminar Scheduled Monday, Jan. 18

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Cary Sims
Cary Sims is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Angelina County. His email address is cw-sims@tamu.edu Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

I pulled my last tomato from my 2015 spring garden….on Wednesday, Dec 30. Indeed they were still green and poorly shaped. But I wanted to get the last few tomatoes from the Celebrity tomatoes that I transplanted last spring before they were bit by frost.

IMG_1390Honestly, I’m very surprised they made it this long and have done this well.  2015 was such an incredibly difficult year for gardeners, stockmen, and just about anyone that works in and with our environment. First was a deluge of water then we turned off dry, real dry.

The fact that three of the four original tomato plants survived into late December was surprising. I must have done something right.

A good location. The correct soil.  Plenty of composted manure.  And lots of water when it needed it. Indeed, I’ve got more plans for the garden this coming year.

If vegetable gardening is your thing and you want to learn from a renowned state expert, your local Extension office is bringing one here in just over a week.

On Monday, Jan 18 at 6:30 pm, state vegetable specialist Dr. Joe Masabni, with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will talk about vegetable gardening does and don’ts.

Masabni has worked with home gardeners all the way up to commercial growers and understands the principles for successfully growing produce. His full title is Assistant Professor and Extension Small-Acreage Vegetable Specialist.  But, titles aside, Joe can grow food.

His current area of expertise is vegetable production for small-acreage producers. His research interest is to develop production systems for high tunnel vegetables, aquaponics production, as well as pesticide and variety trials.

His public educational activities include developing online and printed materials for vegetable organic and conventional producers, and homeowners, host workshops and conferences, and assist county extension agents.

There is no need to pre-register. Cost is $10.00 per person, payable at the door. Handouts and materials will be provided. The Angelina County Extension office is located on south loop 287 at 2201 S. Medford Drive, next to the Farmers Market.

For more Information please call 936-634-6414 ext. 102 or e-mail cw-sims@tamu.edu.

Cary Sims is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Angelina County. His email address is cw-sims@tamu.edu

Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating. Provisions from the American Disability Act will be considered when planning educational programs and activities.

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