Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Vegetable Gardening seminar

Spring Vegetable Gardening
March 30, 2011, 6:30-8:30pm
Old Quarry Branch Library
7051 Village Center Dr., Austin TX  78731

Enjoy the pleasures of fresh homegrown vegetables. Imagine baskets of okra, tomatoes, squash and green beans from your own garden! Learn how to plant and maintain this garden from Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist Patty Leander. She will share popular varieties for Central Texas, recommended planting dates and tips for organic gardening and insect control.  This free seminar, packed with information and color photographs, will benefit both new and experienced gardeners, so don’t miss this great kick-off to spring gardening! Arrive early to insure a seat as this is one of our most popular seminars.

This seminar is free and open to the public.  It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For more information see or call the Master Gardener Public Gardening Help Desk at (512)854-9600.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Got Termites?

Termite Training for Homeowners
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 1:00-2:00pm
Travis County Agrilife Extension Office
1600-B Smith Rd., Austin TX  78721
(512) 854-9600

There’s an old saying in the pest control industry… “there are two types of homes in Texas- those with termites and those that will have them within 7 years.”  Which category do you fit into?  This class will arm homeowners with information so they feel comfortable discussing management options for termites with pest professionals.  Do you know how termites look for food?  Can you tell the difference between ants and termites?  Come to learn how to identify the types of termites found in Central Texas and their management options. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Passion for Plants: East Austin Garden Fair


Saturday, March 19, 2011
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
New Covenant Fellowship of Austin Church, 1507 Wilshire Blvd., Austin TX

A Passion for Plants: An East Austin Garden Fair will be in a new location this year on the last weekend of Spring Break.  The theme of our fifth annual fair is Edible Landscaping.  This FREE public gardening event will feature hands-on demonstrations of how to dig a garden bed, harvest rain water, grow fruits and vegetables organically, start plants from cuttings and seeds, and how to cut back on chemicals that harm our environment and ourselves.  Come for the free advice from our on-site experts to answer all of your gardening questions, for tips on living healthier and happier, and for fun educational activities for kids to get them out in nature in your own back yard!  Get ready for Spring with all the free information you need to start your own edible landscape, whether it’s one plant in a pot or a whole yard full, and enjoy eating healthier and being healthy!

Hosted by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Travis County Master Gardeners Association, the Sustainable Food Center, and the Holistic Education and Health Network. Call the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 854-9600 for more information.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chickens in the Garden

Chickens in the Garden
Saturday, March 12, 2011, 10am-12pm
Zilker Botanical Garden 
2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin TX  78746

Most any size garden can benefit from a few chickens. They root out persistent perennial weeds, eat insects, fertilize the soil, and provide eggs in the bargain! All it takes is a little planning and a small investment in fencing and shelter.  Master Gardener Joy Williamson will explain how to select breeds, raise chicks, build and maintain a coop and how to protect these garden mascots from predators. Join us for this free seminar to explore the fascinating world of chickens in the garden!

This seminar is free and open to the public.  It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County.