The LSU Agricultural Center and Ascension Master Gardeners held a vegetable garden workshop June 11 at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

An educational program was provided by Craig Roussel, of the LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Service.

Topics included general requirements for growing a vegetable garden; new tomato, bell pepper and cucumber varieties; disease and insect management; and pesticide usage, Roussel said in a new release

Attendees participated in a blind taste test evaluating the flavor of six tomato varieties planted this year.

Mountain Glory, a hybrid tomato developed by North Carolina State University, ranked as the best-tasting variety. The group also visited the demonstration garden.

Roussel demonstrated the Florida weave system of staking and supporting determinate types of tomatoes.

As part of the program, the 2014 Ascension Parish Garden Contest winners were announced. Judging was conducted by Ascension Parish Master Gardeners on May 19.

Kole Guerin won first place in the 4-H youth category, with Kinslei Scroggs, second, and Sadie Bourgeois, third.

Guerin won $40 and a plaque.

Jessica Frederic won first place in the adult small garden division.

The Ascension Master Gardener Association sponsored the awards for the contest for 2014.

Preparations are underway for next year’s garden contest and workshop, he said.