Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Seminars: Composting & Building an Insect Hotel

Backyard Basics: Composting
Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10am – noon
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 Smith Road
Cost: $10 ($15 after 7/28 and onsite)

Whether you want to get ready for a fabulous fall garden, or just improve the health of your lawn and landscape, compost is an easy and inexpensive amendment, safe to use, and beneficial for the environment. Cathy Wood, Master Gardener and compost specialist, will teach the ingredients needed for quality compost, how to build an effective compost pile, and how to use its contents to increase the fertility of your soil and productivity of your garden. This first course in our series on Backyard Basics will include a tour of the compost methods used on site at the AgriLife Demonstration Garden, weather permitting.



Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Backyard Basics Series.  Register at  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty  or by phone 979-845-2604


Insect Visitors in Your Garden
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10am – noon
Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX, 78746
Seminar is free; Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child or senior.

Update your understanding of good bugs and bad, with Master Gardeners Pat Mokry and Sheryl Williams. Pat, an entomology specialist, will describe the common insect visitors to your garden, and help you determine if and how you should treat for them. Following identification of beneficial insects, Sheryl will then share a fascinating project she has constructed to attract insects into her garden for observation, pollination and just plain fun. Don’t miss these two lively, informative ladies!

For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/master-gardeners/master-gardener-educational-seminars-events/

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