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. 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; School Gardens; Adult Small Gardens (less than 1,500 square feet); and Adult Large Gardens (greater than 1,500 square feet). 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 late April or 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 plant varieties.
More information will be provided to individuals upon entering the contest. To register your vegetable garden contact Horticulture Agent Mariah Simoneaux at the Ascension Parish LSU AgCenter Office by April 26, 2019.
Master Gardener volunteers take their time to carefully judge
each garden. Photo by Mariah Simoneaux/LSU AgCenter
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture