By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
It is that time of the year again, and if you have not planted any seeds, there’s still time to get them in the ground. During the fall, new and seasoned gardeners can plant almost every single fruit and vegetable available at the market. Lettuce and leafy greens are the most abundant in production this time of year, but the Rio Grande Valley’s temperate climate allows tomato and pepper production almost all year long. Though most people may consider spring as the premier gardening and growing season, in Deep South Texas, fall comes out on top. This is one of the many topics covered in a series of fruit and vegetable gardening classes taught by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Cameron County.
This fall, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension partnered with Christ’s Harbor Church in Laguna Vista to host the classes, which are facilitated by a grant administered by Texas Health and Human Services to promote community oriented fruit and vegetable production in the area. Laguna Vista resident Alysin Jordan is the coordinator for the Laguna Vista Community Garden located at Christ’s Harbor Church, the first community garden in the Laguna Madre region, which features a children’s garden as well as plenty of land for a variety of fragrant plants, banana trees and a compost demonstration. Currently, a series of introductory gardening classes are occurring at the church on Saturdays with the opportunity to plant as well as harvest at the garden. This garden is open to the public. For more information, visit online at www.facebook.com/lagunavistagarden. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.
The second community garden in the area will be planting in Port Isabel on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Participants will have the opportunity to plant as well as learn how to grow fruits and vegetables in the unique coastal environment. This garden is located on the corner of Bahia and Port Road in Port Isabel. A series of garden class will begin at this location with the opportunity for participants to adopt a box for the fall growing season. Space is limited.
The purpose of these projects is to educate participants in proper growing techniques in the tricky coastal climate of Texas. These partnerships utilize relationships amongst community members, municipalities and organic groups in the area. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension distributes scientific studies along with research to develop and teach the latest and most accurate methods of garden production. This grant not only increases the education and distribution of vegetable production, but more importantly, establishes community relationships, encouraging the sharing of ideas and experience.
For dates and times of upcoming meetings at either garden, checkout Growing and Nourishing Healthy Communities at www.facebook.com/growingandnourishinghealthycommunites.com or call (956)361-8236.
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