Friday, April 5, 2013

Mark Your Calendar! Backyard Basics Open House May 11

Backyard Basics
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9am-1pm
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office
1600 B Smith Rd., Austin TX  78721

Backyard Basics is a free, family-friendly, gardening topic open house event!  Hands on kids’ activities are available the entire time.  Stroll the garden and ask questions.  Experts available for one-on-one discussion on composting, vegetable gardening, wicking beds, installing drip irrigation, raising chickens, identifying good/bad bugs and permaculture.   Plus learn about good practices, white fly tomato trial bed, and common mistakes.   In-depth talks offered every hour starting at 9:30. Summer Vegetable Gardening includes basics of vegetable gardening, vegetables which can be planted now and thrive in the heat and how to protect other vegetables from summer’s heat.   Preserving Your Summer Harvest covers the basics of canning, freezing, dehydrating and fermentation of vegetables and how to bring the vegetables back to life. Backyard Chickens is an introduction to what is required to progress from baby chicks to egg producing hens.  Shelter, food, breeds will be a part of talk.

Backyard Basics is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. www.tcmastergardeners.org. For information, call (512)854-9600.

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