Category Archives: Vegetables


Ag Biz news column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Tomatoes Tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable crop grown in Texas.  Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C.  Tomatoes can be grown in containers, flower beds, greenhouses, commercial and home gardens alike. Tomatoes grow well in most areas of Texas.  Tomatoes require a well-drained soil with at least six hours of sunlight.   When deciding to grow tomatoes, determine if you want to grow them from seed or use transplants, which is the… Read More →

Irish Potatoes

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County  Irish Potatoes Irish potatoes are one of America’s most popular vegetables.   The average American eats 125 pounds of potatoes or potato products annually.  Potatoes are used to make fries, chips, and numerous other nutritional dishes.  Did you know that the edible part of the potato plant is an underground stem called a tuber, not a root?  Most people look to plant potatoes in East Texas around Valentine’s Day. Irish potatoes are a cool-season crop.  They grow in… Read More →

Garden Preparation

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Garden Preparation Gardening is still very popular as people get a sense of accomplishment by growing their own fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fall and winter months are a good time to begin planning for the spring garden even though we may be months from actual planting dates. Soil test the area in which you intend to plant fruit trees, vegetables, and other potential crops.  The soil test gives you details about your soil such as pH,… Read More →

Blossom-End Rot in Tomatoes

              Ag Biz News Column By:  Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Blossom-End Rot of Tomatoes It is that time of year when many gardeners are beginning to harvest the fruits of their labor.  It can also be a stressful time because of the many insect and disease problems that we may have to deal with. It is very frustrating when we reach for that tomato that we have been watching develop and realize that it is rotten on the bottom. Blossom-end rot is a major… Read More →

Potatoes, Onions, and Greens

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Onions, Potatoes, and Greens                 February is a month in which many people begin planting onions, potatoes, and greens in their garden.  Soil preparation is important and it is recommended to turn the soil to a depth of 8-12 inches.  A soil test on your garden area is important as it will tell what nutrients are present or lacking and at what concentrations.  Soil tests should be performed well in advance of planting the home garden. Onions… Read More →