Tag Archives: vegetables

Plant Clinic at Leaf Landscape North

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Leaf Landscape Supply North The Master Gardener Plant Clinic at the Leaf Landscape North can answer questions on self-watering containers, composting, the best plants for the Austin area, lawn care, fertilizers, pest management, landscaping challenges, growing vegetables, and native plants. Look for their table at the Leaf Landscape Supply North, 13292 Pond Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78729. In addition to sharing their experience and training, several publications are on hand for you to review or take with you. You’ll find the Native and… Read More →

Science of Agriculture – Youth Event 2023

Eat a Rainbow Presented by Travis County Master Gardeners The Travis County Master Gardeners enjoyed an action-packed day at the Science of Agriculture – Youth Event this past Thursday, February 16, 2023, at the Travis County Expo Center. Except for the last two-year COVID hiatus, this event has been an annual tradition for Master Gardeners to participate in. We coordinate with the Texas Farm Bureau, Master Wellness Volunteers, 4H Members and Travis County Extension Agents to present useful information in a fun way to Third and Fourth Graders… Read More →

What’s Happening in Austin’s January Vegetable Garden

January Vegetable Garden Checklist Tips from Paula Wolfel January is surprisingly an exciting time for Austin vegetable gardeners because this is when the bulk of your spring garden planning can occur! Continue to make preparations for the lower temperatures, and watch the rain because this time or year we can reduced our irrigations needs. Make sure you continue to protect all new transplants from freeze and their first frost.  If the temperatures falls below 28 degrees then cover your plants, securing them with soil, bricks, rocks, or pins. … Read More →

Austin’s November Vegetable Garden By Paula Wolfel

Although the daytime temperatures may not indicate it, Fall has arrived for Austin’s November Vegetable Garden. It’s that goofy time of year where you are finally enjoying your summer garden and yet preparing for the first frost. According to National Weather Service, the average first frost in Austin is November 29th. Thinking Ahead: Preparation for the First Frost We know it’s coming, so make preparations now so that you aren’t scrambling at the last minute. Two things you can do right now is to mulch around all your… Read More →

Vegetable Gardening Workshop at Wells Branch Community Garden

Get Tips from Travis County Master Gardeners Join Travis County Master Gardeners at the Wells Branch Community Garden for a vegetable gardening workshop for small garden plots. Topics covered are:  Soil health and amendments Benefits of Composting Controlling Bermudagrass and other weeds Daily/Weekly/Monthly maintenance practices Best vegetable varieties for Travis County Controlling pests Planning your harvest Seed saving For more information about the Wells Branch Community Garden, please visit http://wellsbranchmud.com/parks-a-recreation/community-gardens Who are Master Gardeners? Master Gardeners are volunteers for the Travis County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service. In… Read More →

In Austin’s September Vegetable Garden

Hooray for Rain! We’ve had a nice little patch of rain here at the end of August and start of September. My fall planted vegetables have certainly perked up and seeds are sprouting better. But so are the weeds! In typical Austin fashion, September brings rain but we still have those super-hot days. It makes me laugh when I’m outside and I get soaked from rain and sweat at the same time. September Vegetable Garden Checklist Here is the vegetable gardener’s checklist for September: Fertilizer Use only mild… Read More →

Austin’s August Vegetable Garden

Stay Hydrated and Keep Gardening! I’m not going to lie. I lose the will to garden in the August vegetable garden. I’m out of rainwater, the heat is relentless, and the last thing I want to do is battle the sun to save some seedlings. But somehow, I bully myself into doing it anyway, and it’s a good thing. If you wait until the weather is easier to deal with, you will be out of luck for fall gardening. Last Call for Warm Season Vegetable Starts The first… Read More →

In the Central Texas June Vegetable Garden

Harvest the June Vegetable Garden Before the Squirrels Wake Up! June is normally the peak harvest season for many spring-planted vegetables. However, we’ve had such a dry year, that many of you may be experiencing delays or have watched plants wither under the heat. Others have seen early harvests of tomatoes and cucumbers due to warm temperatures. If you haven’t learned it by now, there is no “normal” for Austin vegetable gardeners! Cracking Tomatoes? Speaking of tomatoes, the warm days of May have contributed to some vigorous plant… Read More →

In Austin’s May Vegetable Garden

Summer Season Has Arrived in the May Vegetable Garden It’s right about now that gardeners really settle in to bragging about what they are harvesting from their garden. It can be really annoying if yours isn’t as far along or if the deer and squirrels have picked everything clean. But if you are one of the lucky ones and are enjoying squash, cucumbers, and maybe even a tomato, pat yourself on the back. You deserve it for surviving the rough spring that we’ve had. May is the beginning… Read More →

In the April Vegetable Garden for Austin and Travis County

The April Vegetable Garden is the Best! April is the most glorious month for a vegetable gardener. Even if late March freezes have flattened your plantings, April is the month where everything aligns to thrive. I’m especially enjoying the bluebonnets growing in amongst my vegetable beds, my continuing harvest of pea shoots and spinach, and the (finally) quickly growing potato plants. Here is the checklist for the April vegetable garden: FERTILIZE Fertilize corn when it is one to two feet tall. Use a water-soluble fertilizer on tomatoes every… Read More →