2016 Winter Symposium

Edible Gardening …

Harvest Healthy Vegetables and Herbs at Home

Hosted by Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans and LSU AgCenter

Explore the basics of successful vegetable and herb gardening in south Louisiana. Join leading horticultural experts for a morning of inspiration on how to grow many exciting vegetable and herb varieties in your own backyard.

  • Winter Gardening Symposium
  • Saturday, January 23, 2016
  • 8:30 am to noon
  • New Orleans Museum of Art Auditorium, City Park

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When Size Matters: Dwarf and Miniature Veggies and Herbs for Container Gardens. If your garden space is limited; miniature, midget and dwarf vegetables are good selections for container gardening. But what are the differences between the many different varieties in the seed catalogs? Come learn how to select the best varieties of vegetables and herbs suitable for container culture. Lydia Pollard, Louisiana Master Gardener, MGGNO project chairman and greenhouse manager for Arc uptown.

Organics Made Easy. Want to work smarter not harder in your gardens and land-scape? Learn how to harness the power of millions of microscopic workers to create a healthy, productive soil and grow the best quality plants and produce. You’ll discover the reasons to use organic fertilizers, how they work and what to look for in a top quality organic fertilizer. Greg Cooper, MicroLife Fertilizers, San Jacinto Environmental Supplies, Houston.

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How to Build and Maintain a Spring Edible Garden Utilizing the LSU AgCenter’s New Home Garden Series Publications. Learn how to prepare garden beds, grow transplants and identify when a fruit or vegetable is ready to be harvested. The LSU AgCenter will guide you in finding all the information you will ever need to grow a beautiful and edible garden. Dr. Kathryn Fontenot, Assistant Professor and State Vegetable Extension Specialist for the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences at the LSU.

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Plant sales: Lydia & Kathy

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Edible Gardening was nothing but a great success story for the community to begin 2016. Lydia Pollard and Dr. KiKi Fontenot showed us that “Size Does Matter” – but, yet we can each have wide variety of vegetables growing in our back yards or containers!
Greg Cooper joined in to let us know about some the best soils and fertilizers to use for our city, as well.
Many Louisiana Master Gardeners attended from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and St. Tammany areas!

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