Among the things learned Saturday at a UT Extension Course on gardening:
* We are in the 6B-7A zone of the USDA Cold Hardiness Map. That zone is able to grow more varieties of plants, but the extremes of heat and cold mean we may not grow all those varieties in the best quality.
* Count on three rotations (early spring, summer, fall) in the vegetable garden with May 1 to Aug. 1 as prime growing season.
* Vegetable garden needs 1 inch of water per week to thrive. (Tip: If a sprinkler must be used, put old tuna cans in the garden to measure water.) Soaker hose is always the best.
* Ideal organic matter percentage for garden is 16%-20%. More or less equally can be a problem.
* Plan on three years to make a garden. The first year it sleeps, the second year is creeps and the third year it leaps. As usual, I'm pushing the envelope.