Consider growing cool- and warm-season crops

By Kathy Huber

As an Ohio farm boy, Joe Novak had daily chores – caring for livestock, milking cows. But his interest in growing food crops became his life work.

“I was in charge of the vegetable garden, about two acres,” the retired Texas A&M and Louisiana State University professor says. “I used it to supply a small roadside stand, and this helped me to earn the money that I needed to go to college.”

Novak attended Ohio University in Athens and earned a doctorate in vegetable crops from Cornell University. After teaching garden science for 40 years, he retired to Houston where he advises community garden programs, teaches a gardening course at Rice University and is developing plans for a Houston horticulture center at the White Oak Conference Center. Next month, he’ll begin a series of six home vegetable garden workshops at the center. Topics will include starting transplants, composting, soil and pest management, growing vegetables in containers and more.

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