The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the "Let's Grow Some Vegetables" program, a part of the Backyard Gardening series, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at the agency office, Suite 208 Conroy Square, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio.
Backyard Gardening programs are part of the Backyard Basics self-reliance series now being piloted in several South Central Texas counties, including Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, Kendall, and Wilson.
"There is a lot involved in the proper planning and planting of a vegetable garden," says David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County. "This program will help backyard and other small-acreage vegetable growers determine what, how much, and where to plant their vegetables."
Rodriguez says there has been renewed interest in planting backyard vegetable gardens.
"People want to have more input, and, where possible, control, over the foods they consume," he says. "A backyard garden allows you to choose the types of vegetables you want to grow and determine how to you want to grow them."
Rodriguez says one of the main issues home gardeners deal with in placing a backyard vegetable garden is positioning it where the plants will receive sufficient sunlight.
"Sometimes the shade from large trees or shadows from the house cast over large parts of the yard can keep a vegetable garden from getting the necessary amount of sunlight," he says. "Vegetables need sun and lots of it. The more direct sun they get, the better the yield."
The program cost just $10 and is payable at the door. Checks can be made out to Texas A&M AgriLife.
For information, or to register for the program, contact Angel Torres at 210-467-6575.
Rodriguez says programs on growing vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees are among Backyard Basics offerings. More about programs is online.