organic gardening

After our month or so of daydreaming and looking at photos about a few fabulous international gardens, it’s about time to get to our own gardens. The winds are still blowing and it’s still a little cold outside, but have you ever thought of starting some plants from seed now? They can be ready to transplant into your yard in a few weeks. And besides, its fun to flip through the seed catalogs.

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Tony Pereira, research assistant professor for the College of Engineering at Lamar University, held an organic gardening workshop Saturday, Oct. 20, at Basic Foods in Beaumont. The workshop promoted a chemical and pesticide-free approach to gardening and taught attendees how to start their own organic garden. “The chemicals used in industrial farms are running into the Mississippi River and causing dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, including one the size of New Jersey, 8,000 square miles, that reaches from Galveston all the way to the mouth of the Mississippi,” he said.

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