Container Gardening at 2023 Earth-Kind Field Day March 25th

container gardening the theme for earth-kind field day

Container Gardening 101 Focus for Spring 2023 Earth-Kind Gardening Field Day

Come join the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Travis County Master Gardeners for our Spring 2023 Earth-Kind Gardening Field Day! It will be Saturday, March 25th from 9 am to 1 pm at the Travis County AgriLife Extension office located at 1600 Smith Road, Austin, TX 78721. Parking is available along Smith Road. The event is free and open to the public.

The spring 2023 theme is Container Gardening 101 – for indoor and outdoor gardening. The first 100 attendees will receive a free 5.5″ eco-container and saucer courtesy of Gardenio – a new kind of garden club app for food growers – to start their growing journeys.

Demonstrations and Gardening Advice

Workshops will teach participants about houseplant care, growing ornamentals or vegetables in pots, and create a composting system. Other activities focus on vermicomposting, irrigation, rainwater harvesting, and entomology. Daphne Richards, County Extension Agent – Horticulture, at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Wizzie Brown, Extension Program Specialist- IPM will both be there too. Travis County Master Gardeners will be stationed throughout the Extension Demonstration Garden to answer questions about plant selection and care. Bring a garden tool and we’ll show you how to sharpen it!

leaf crowns

Kids can make a leaf crown.

Kids activities include a fairy garden display, insect scavenger hunt, and making a leaf crown that they can take home with them.

The schedule includes:

9:00 a.m. Compost Workshop. Learn how to turn everyday waste from your home or garden into beneficial compost.

10:00 a.m. Houseplant University. Get tips on plant selection, watering, and light to help you successfully grow indoor plants. Watch a demonstration on repotting and dividing. You’ll also learn how to manage pests – including soil gnats!

11:00 a.m. The 6D’s of Container Gardening.  Watch a demonstration on planting a container garden for your outdoor living spaces.  Get advice on types of soil, pot size, drainage, and light.

New Educational Greenhouse is Dedicated at 11:00 a.m.

Travis County Master Gardeners building greenhouse foundation

Greenhouse foundation builders Kay Angermann, Teresa Garcia, Peter Wood, Braden Latham-Jones, Dan Wittliff, Bill Happel, and Julie Nelson.

Special guests Kim and Andrew Cook from EXACO will be on hand to cut the ribbon on the new educational greenhouse that they donated to the Travis County Master Gardeners. The foundation for it was designed by Dan Wittliff and built by Travis County Master Gardener Volunteers.

Roses and Books Available for Purchase

A limited supply of Earth-Kind roses and the popular Travis County Master Gardener publications Garden Guide for Austin and Vicinity, and From Drought to Deluge: The Resilient Central Texas Garden will be available for purchase.

Additional Resources

Learn more about all of these topics here: Our Favorite Gardening Resources for Austin and Travis County

Get tips on indoor and outdoor gardening things to do on our Monthly Gardening Calendar.

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