Grow-your-own fruit seminar set for Oct. 19 in Austin

AUSTIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the How to Grow Your Own Fruit seminar from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19 at its Travis County agency offices, 1600 B-Smith Street in Austin.

The basics of home fruit production in Central Texas will be the focis of an Oct. 19 program at the Texas A&M AgriLife  Extension Service office for Travis County. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by William Johnson).

Fruit production in Central Texas will be the focus of an Oct. 19 program by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Monte Nesbitt, AgriLife Extension program specialist in the department of horticultural sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station, will be the program presenter. Nesbitt’s specialty is in pecan, fruit and citrus production.

“The seminar will begin with the basics of sustainable fruit production, including site selection  and preparation, plus addressing the specific needs of various fruit crops like citrus, olives and pomegranates,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County.

Richards said the program also will review the importance of choosing fruit varieties and optimizing tree health and productivity.

“Much of the focus on that aspect will be on understanding how fruit crops respond to our ever-changing weather conditions here in Central Texas,” she said. “Monte will provide tips on how to enhance sustainable production using AgriLife Extension Earth-Kind principles with conventional crops such as peaches and berries. He will also talk about new, emerging fruit choices that can be grown in this area with minimal inputs.”

Earth-Kind landscaping uses research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment, Richards explained.

Registration is $25 through Oct. 5 and $35 thereafter.

To register, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty or call 979-845-2604.

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