The Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb & Flower Show is set for June 15. It is open to all residents of Denton County with categories for adults and children held at the Denton County Historical Park and Denton Community Market. It’s free to enter and there will be cash awards.


Janet Laminack

How did it go? Did you get your warm-season vegetables in the ground on time? Did everything survive the cold snap and all the rain? It has been a rough start this spring. If you have been skilled enough (or just lucky) to get a good crop, we hope you will bring your produce to the Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb & Flower Show on June 15.

This is a contest open to all residents of Denton County with categories for adults and children held at the Denton County Historical Park and Denton Community Market. It’s free to enter and, thanks to our many sponsors, there are cash awards. The schedule and rules can be found at https://dcmga.com.

If you find yourself in my boat (that’s a rain joke), don’t give up yet. Many of our herbs can still be planted for summer harvest, such as the heat-loving basil and the dependable perennial rosemary. Herbs are great for pollinators and look attractive in flower beds.

Fruit production is gaining popularity as well. Most of our fruit comes from trees and shrubs, which is perfect for the gardener who prefers the long game. Denton County Community Grove, 1029 W. Rosemeade Parkway in Carrollton, offers free workshops with hands-on activities in their urban orchard. The next one is from 9 a.m. to noon June 4.

In the genre of fruit production, viticulture is becoming big business, especially in North Texas. Viticulture is the fancy name for growing wine grapes. Denton is fortunate to have state viticulture specialist Michael Cook based here. If you have interest in starting a vineyard or growing grapes, he’s got the answers.

There are also opportunities to learn how to garden as a volunteer with local organizations that grow and donate produce to area food pantries. Shiloh Field in Denton, http://shilohfield.com, and Flower Mound First Baptist, http://fmfb.church/grow/garden, are just two community gardens that always accept an extra hand and where beginners are welcome.

Do you have a young one interested in gardening? There is still time to participate in the Children’s Garden at Fair Oaks in Denton. Parents and children learn and garden together on Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. through June 13. It’s free and no registration is required. In coordination with the city of Denton Parks and Recreation, Master Gardeners conduct an intensive half-day Junior Master Gardener camp July 22-26. Registration for the camp is $65. For more information on both of these programs, visit https://dcmga.com.

And don’t forget that fall is a great time to grow food in our area. To help you out, Keep Lewisville Beautiful’s Garden Secrets series will have presentations on growing vegetables Aug. 15 and Sept. 5. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2JAtCmG.

For more information on any of these activities or for help with your garden/landscape issues, give us a call at 940-349-2892 or email master.gardener @dentoncounty.com.

JANET LAMINACK is the horticulture county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2883 or via email at jelaminack@ag.tamu.edu.

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