BELTON — The Temple Region Builders Association’s 46th once-a-year House and Yard Show hit full stride Saturday at the Bell County Expo Heart, showcasing a range of house advancement products and services, gardening recommendations, routines for little ones and the SPJST Automobile Exhibit.
The remaining phase of the 3-day present will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
On Saturday, folks stopped by the Bell County Grasp Gardeners booth, many of them using in 1 of 5 free seminars. Grasp Gardener Jerry Lewis led the 11 a.m. seminar on Spring Vegetable Gardening in Central Texas, subtitled “The great, the bad and the unpleasant.”
“Gardening is much less expensive than remedy and you get tomatoes” was one more a person-liner on the class’s movie display screen. Lewis handed out copies of a preparing guide, built to display the window of time when sure fruits and veggies ought to be planted.
“This chilly weather has really transformed matters up,” he explained.
He’s not going to put his tomatoes outdoors inside the following two weeks, as he commonly does, he claimed, because of the chilly temperatures.
He showed some enviable yard pics.
“That’s what you want,” he reported. “That’s my garden a few of a long time back.”
He outlined his discuss with 7 keys to profitable gardening: Drinking water, Sunlight, Easy Locale, Soil Affliction, What to Plant, When to Plant and How to Plant.
Availability is the important detail about h2o, he said, whilst drainage is essential. Drip irrigation is a single process of watering your garden, he said. Some crops, these as peppers, have to have more water than carrots, for case in point, he explained.
People today ought to not spray their back garden, he explained, for the reason that they are wasting h2o and detrimental the plants.
“There are distinctive ways to do it, but you’ve received to conserve h2o,” he mentioned.
He polled the audience and numerous people said they experienced finished rainwater harvesting. Just one inch of rain on a 2,000-sq.-foot roof will net 600 gallons of h2o, he claimed.
The availability of drinking water will develop into much more crucial in the long run, he claimed, when the earth has far more men and women but the exact same sum of drinking water.
As for sunlight, he mentioned the backyard garden needs 6-8 hrs of daylight. Morning sunlight is most effective, he reported, and heavy shade above the yard is not welcome.
Soil forms vary, he said. There are four unique soil styles in Bell County, he explained, and each individual a person need to be managed otherwise.
When using raised beds or containers, he stated, really don’t fill them with standard garden soil, which is as well large and doesn’t drain very well. You need to include things like some business potting soil, he claimed.
Container gardening demands more watering, he stated. In this situation, tomatoes must be watered 2-3 times a working day for the duration of fruit generation.
The sizing of containers need to change according to the plant, he said, with a minimum amount measurement of 2 gallons for leafy veggies, 6-10 gallons for cucumbers and squash and 10-20 gallons for tomatoes.
“Make certain you have drainage holes in the bottom,” he mentioned.
An additional gardening tactic is the use of trellises, he mentioned.
“If you do not have considerably place, improve up, really do not increase out,” he claimed.
It is critical to choose the appropriate plant wide range for the region, he claimed. All forms of information is available on the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension site, he said.
There will be no back garden seminars at the Home and Back garden Exhibit right now, but the Bell County Master Gardeners booth will be open up, reported Grasp Gardener Lou Ann Hight. The group’s 2022 plant sale will be 8 a.m. to noon March 26 at 1605 N. Most important St. in Belton.