Ascension Parish Vegetable Garden Field Day held

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish Vegetable Garden Field Day was held June 13 at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. An educational program was provided by Craig Roussel of the LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Service. Topics covered included new tomato and bell pepper varieties, disease management, insect management, pesticide usage, and the 2013 Ascension Parish 4-H Youth Garden Contest winners. Attendees also participated in a blind taste test evaluating the flavor of the 9 tomato varieties planted this year. Sweet Seedless, a hybrid seedless tomato, ranked as the best tasting variety to participants. Sacs Western Store, Old Time Farm Supply, and Ascension Farm Bureau sponsored awards for the Garden Contest for 2013.

Their commitment to supporting the LSU AgCenter Extension Service Programs is appreciated.

Preparations are underway for next year’s field day as the organization hopes to expand the demonstration garden area at Lamar-Dixon. Ascension Parish residents are encourage to begin the planning process to compete in the 2014 Garden Contest.