The Ascension Parish LSU AgCenter and the Ascension Parish Master Gardener Association will again host a Home Vegetable Garden Contest for 4-H Youth and adults. The contest is held to encourage gardeners to produce quality vegetables for home consumption and economic gain.
Gardens eligible for participation must contain at least four different types of vegetables and be located in Ascension Parish. Gardens can be entered into the small category, which includes containers, raised beds and one row gardens, or the large category, which includes gardens of two or more rows. Judging will be based on site selection, record keeping, apparent productivity, and weed, disease and insect pressure.
Adult gardens will be judged in person by Ascension Parish Master Gardeners at the end of May, while following all social distancing guidelines. The youth portion of the contest will again be held virtually. Youth gardens should be primarily maintained by the 4-H member. Youth are asked to film a short video, no more than three minutes, describing their garden. Videos and any records for youth garden entries must be submitted by Friday, May 14.
To enter the contest or for more information contact Horticulture Agent Mariah Simoneaux or call the Ascension Parish LSU AgCenter Office by May 14.
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