New Fruit and Vegetable Disease Management Publications Available!

Several new or updated resources for fruit and vegetable disease management are now available. These publications are available at the links below.       MSU Extension Pub: F1139          Plant Disease Sample Submission Form (new, 2017)                                                                 *This is the new submission form for the Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab.   MSU Extension Pub: F0448          Nematode…

Beaumont Horticultural Unit Field Day is Coming Soon

Mark Your Calendars!   The annual field day at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit is June 1st! Registration begins at 7:30 with biscuits and breakfast burritos! The program begins at 8:15, and we have a great line-up of speakers this year!   Topics will include: New crape myrtle releases Pest management Floral Design Edible Landscaping and…

Farm to Table at the Garden Center

I have long held that no food is more local than that grown in your own garden.  I was recently reading an article in Today’s Garden Center magazine, “Farm to Table Will Change Us” (Februrary 2015).  The editor, Carol Miller, discusses the impact of the Farm-to-Table movement on the retail garden center industry.  She makes…

Lettuce Celebrate Food Day 2014

National Food Day is this Friday, October 24th!  I started celebrating today by hosting a program at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi.  We celebrated with the hardworking, under-appreciated lettuce! Here are some lettuce facts! Lettuce was originally grown for medicinal purposes rather than to be eaten.  The first Roman Emperor, Augustus, who ruled from…

Exciting School Garden Funding Opportunity!

Growing Lunch-A School Garden Grant Program Growing Lunch is a school garden grant program administered through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce with the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  Eligible schools can receive a grant up to $500 to purchase supplies needed to plant a school garden. Growing Lunch seeks to enhance the…

Save the Date! Beaumont Horticultural Unit Field Day

Save the Date!   The Annual Field Day at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit will be held June 12, 2014! Registration begins at 8:00 and the program runs from 8:30 to noon! Please make plans to join us! Mississippi State University Beaumont Horticultural Unit 478 Hwy. 15 N Beaumont, MS 39423 601.788.6616

Veggie Gardening 101

  This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Harrison County Master Gardeners Garden Expo.  The event is held each spring at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.  Although the day was wet and dreary, a great turned out to learn about gardening!  I gave a presentation entitled “Veggie…

Vegetable Growers’ Workshop in Hattiesburg on Jan. 16th

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Vegetable producers in south Mississippi can attend a workshop offered by the Forrest County Extension Service on Jan. 16. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1f8EhjF ) speakers include David Nagel, a Mississippi State University Extension professor, and David Phillips with Seminis Vegetable Seeds. Nagel’s topic will be “Profits from Produce Growing,” covering…