Leon County Master Gardeners were well represented at the Vegetable Field Day in New Baden, TX on June 21, sharpening their knowledge and skills on vegetables, melons, irrigation, insect and weed control. The overall attendance was excellent and included eleven Leon County Master Gardeners and three guests for the half-day event at Rusty Sikes’ vegetable and fruit farm.
The speakers included the owner/operator of the farm, Rusty Sikes, Dr. Joe Masabni - State Extension Vegetable Specialist, and David Williams - a long time commercial grower in Robertson County. Topics included preparing the soil for gardening season, use of plastic for weed control, irrigation systems for small producers, feeding nutrients through the irrigation system, keeping herbicide and insecticide use to a minimum, nematodes and heirloom varieties of vegetables and melons. Mr. Sikes’ two-acre commercial garden featured 21 varieties of tomatoes and other vegetable and melon variety plots.