Back (or front) yard vegetable gardens are sprouting up right and left in the city, with people siting health, whole foods, and a connection to nature as reasons for their interest in cultivation. Growing food gives you access to the absolutely most fresh and nutrient-rich produce, ensures that production processes are aligned with your values, reduces your food’s carbon footprint (no transportation needed!), and allows you to try varietals that grocery stores don’t offer. Fruit and vegetable gardening can be a cost effective source of produce, “therapy”, and low-impact exercise. Plus, there’s not much better than sharing a large bounty with friends, family, and neighbors!
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s in-depth research on edible plants can help inform many aspects of gardening. In this section, look for information on these and many more topics:
- Choosing the best vegetable, fruit, and nut varieties for Central Texas
- Seasonal planting times
- Improving soil
- Pruning and garden maintenance
- Pest and disease management
If you’re interested in free soil amendments that your plants will love, find a coffee shop participating in Ground to Ground.
Also, Extension holds free or low-cost public seminars on gardening and food preservation topics at various locations throughout the year. These interactive seminars help the public get more joy and productivity from their gardens, troubleshoot problems, and develop environmentally-sensitive gardening techniques. Seminars cover topics such as rainwater harvesting, seasonal vegetable gardening, lawn care, tree maintenance, native and adapted plants, food canning, propagating plants, and much more. Sign up to receive email updates from our schedule of upcoming Seminars & Events.
And remember, feel free to contact our Master Gardener Horticulture Hotline with any gardening questions.