Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backyard Basics: Vegetable Gardening

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10am – noon
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 Smith Road
Cost: $15

With its warm days and cooler nights, along with more stable weather patterns, Fall just may be the best season for vegetable gardening in Central Texas. In our second course on Backyard Basics, Master Gardener and vegetable specialist Tommie Clayton will share her many years of experience in gardening, with details on planting schedules, proven varieties for our area and other helpful resources.

Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Backyard Basics Series. 
Register at  or by phone 979-845-2604
For more information, contact Daphne Richards at 512-854-9600 or


Friday, August 15, 2014

Fruit Production for Producers and Backyard Enthusiasts

Wed, Sept 24, 9 am – 1:00 pm
Travis County Health and Human Services
502 E Highland Mall Blvd, Austin

Registration: $30 by Sept 17; ($40 Sept 18- onsite)

Part of Travis County AgriLife Extension’s Forward Farming series, this program will cover information appropriate for current and potential fruit producers, while also being useful and easy to understand for the backyard enthusiast.

Monte Nesbitt, AgriLife Extension state-wide fruit specialist, will be the presenter of this half-day workshop. The focus will be on fruits that can be successfully grown in Central Texas: stone fruits (peaches and plums), figs, pomegranates, and blackberries; but will also cover olives (a crop with quite a lot of interest from potential growers in the Hill Country at the moment) and citrus (with the current weather pattern of warmer winters in Central Texas, there are actually a few citrus crops that have real potential for Central Texas, if managed properly).

In addition to the wealth of knowledge that Mr. Nesbitt will share during his presentation, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to ask him questions particular to your own growing situation.

From site selection, soils, fertilization, and pruning to sustainable production practices and dealing with particular insects and diseases—we’ll cover the production basics, as well as unique specifics. This workshop is only offered semi-annually and is not to be missed!

8:30 to 9:00 AM     Registration
9:00 to 1:00 PM     Fruit Production Basics

There will be a half hour break in the middle of the workshop, with refreshments and the opportunity for networking.

Register online:
Register by phone: 
For more information, contact Richards at 512-854-9600 or

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Backyard Basics Workshop

Saturday, Sept 13, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Austin Community College south campus, 1820 W Stassney Ln
Registration: $25; ($30 late and onsite)

Register online:
Register by phone: 979-845-2604


In Partnership with

Join AgriLife Extension Master Gardener volunteers and other community experts for this special workshop on all things backyard food. We’ll cover the basics of growing fruits and vegetables, as well as garden recipes (basic canning and preserving how-to’s) backyard chickens, and backyard bees.

8:30-9:00     Registration
9:00-10:15   Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit, Joe Posern, Travis Co Master Gardener Fruit Specialist
10:15-11:30 Growing Vegetables, Patty Leander, Travis Co Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist
11:45-1:00   Garden Recipes and Preserving the Harvest, Jeff Peters, Travis Co Master Gardener
1:00-1:30     Lunch (boxed lunch provided)
1:30-2:45     Backyard Chickens, Joy Williamson, Travis Co Master Gardener
2:45-4:00     Backyard Bees, Chris Doggett, Williamson Co Beekeepers Association President

For more information, contact Daphne Richards at 512-854-9600 or