Ascension Parish Vegetable Garden Contest to be held

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Ascension Parish LSU AgCenter, along with Ascension Parish Farm Bureau and the Ascension Parish Master Gardener Association, will once again sponsor the Home Vegetable Garden Contest for adults and 4-H youth in May of 2018. The contest is being held to encourage home gardeners to produce quality vegetables for home consumption and economic gain, and to improve their knowledge of cultural practices and insect and disease control in the home vegetable garden.

Categories for vegetable gardens are as follows: Youth Gardens; Adult Small Gardens (less than 1000 sq. ft.); Adult Medium Gardens (1000 sq. ft. up to 3500 sq. ft.); and Adult Large Gardens (greater than 3500 sq. ft.). Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.

All gardens must contain at least four different types of vegetables. Only gardens located in Ascension Parish are eligible for participation. Judging will take place in early May and is based on the following criteria: site selection, record keeping, apparent productivity, and weed, disease and insect pressure. Bonus points will be given to those gardeners who include LSU AgCenter recommended varieties.

More information will be provided to individuals upon entering the contest. To register your vegetable garden call Mariah Simoneaux at the Ascension Parish LSU AgCenter Office at 225-621-5799 by May 1, 2018.

Contributed by LSU AgCenter