Healthy Holidays: Community gardening in the new year

Special to the PRESS

Port Isabel residents are encouraged to start a healthy new year by joining Texas A&M AgriLife in planting fruit and vegetables on December 28 at 3 p.m. at the Port Isabel Community garden located across the street from the Boys and Girls Club. With the wind and rain over the previous couple of months, multiple planting dates have been cancelled, but due to El Nino and the south western coastal breeze, temperatures will be warm and wet this winter offering a chance to grow some late season crops and cool season vegetables.

A number of factors attribute to the ability to continually grow and plant vegetables in this coastal paradise. Not only does Cameron County have some of the lowest freeze days (0-2) in the country but virtually has a 365 day growing season. This Christmas temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 80s with winter officially beginning this week and could possibly break temperature records if trends pan out. All things considered, it is perfect gardening weather here on the coast.

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