Vegetable seminar coming up in February at Tyrrell Park

Vegetable seminar coming  up in February at Tyrrell Park

Ever wanted to try your hand at growing vegetables? Just think of the pure joy of walking out your kitchen door to pick tomatoes, lettuce, peas, beans, onions and other things to put onto your dinner table that evening. And it’s not that hard.

Gardeners around here usually start their spring gardens in March after danger of frost has passed. Brave souls who want to grow their garden from seed can start indoors even earlier than that. You can plan on success with squash, tomatoes, corn, okra, peas, peppers and beans.

Texas AgriLife Extension Agency has tremendous resources available for you on their website. If you input your county and region, you will be given suggestions for the best vegetable varieties to select for our area. There is also a section called Problem Solvers. It guides you if you encounter problems with your plants. Of course, the great volunteers and staff at our local Texas AgriLife Extension location are a fabulous resource, too.

Awesome gardeners use the time before spring planting to get the soil ready. Compost, bloodmeal and manure are among the things used to make your soil a “happy place” for vegetables. You wouldn’t want to grow in clay or sand or rock, and neither do your vegetable plants. Try to locate your garden where there is sun and good drainage.

Help is at hand if you would like to learn a little bit more about growing vegetables before you get started. The much anticipated Spring Vegetable Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Tyrrell Park Garden Center. Paul Eyre, Jefferson County master gardener, will help you become knowledgeable about soil and bed preparation and composting. Patty Leander, writer for The Texas Gardener Magazine, will share lots of information as she speaks about vegetable varieties, cultivation, common pests and all of the healthy benefits of vegetables.

The Vegetable Seminar begins at 8 a.m. at the Garden Center at Tyrrell Park in Beaumont and continues until noon. The fee is $15 per person, and you are asked to RSVP if you plan on attending. The seminar is sponsored by the Jefferson County Master Gardeners. It was so popular last year that they decided to have the seminar again this year. If you have any questions or would like to register, just call the Texas Agrilife Extension Agency at (409) 835-8461. Ask for Peggy or Jeanene.