Tag Archives: AgriLife Extension

Leach Teaching Gardens Visit by Kay Angermann

Texas A&M Campus-More than tailgating and football When most folks from central Texas think about Texas A&M, they think about the days of big football rivalries, core cadets and not so funny Aggie jokes. I spent quite a few weekends at A&M with my Aggie friends in my 20’s going to bonfires, games and doing what college kids do. I did not realize until a few recent visits how large and beautiful the Texas A&M campus is. As of 2021 it has a total undergraduate enrollment of 56,723,… Read More →

Festival Food Beach East Feast

Join us for a Plant Clinic at East Feast! You are invited to join the Travis County Master Gardener Plant Clinic on Saturday, October 29, 2022 5pm-8pm to help Festival Beach Food Forest celebrate their 10 year anniversary. The East Feast is open to all and features food, music, and activities for all ages. Please join us at 25 1/2 Waller Street, Austin TX, across from the Edward Rendon Sr Park. Use this link to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/east-feast-2022-roots-wings-festival-tickets-439354490107 Festivities include: a haunted forest spooky forest teas photo booth harvest… Read More →

Where are the Birds?

Are Migratory Bird Populations Down? Dr. Maureen Frank, an Assistant Professor & Extension Wildlife Specialist, recently issued a wildlife update based on the several questions she’s received this fall about bird populations. Maureen reports that she’s hearing from backyard birders who have noticed their feeders are awfully quiet, and they are wondering if something is wrong. It’s Normal for Fall to be Quiet Fall is a pretty quiet time for birds, especially before the cold fronts arrive. The species that breed in the Austin area in the summer… Read More →

Vegetable Gardening in October

Enjoy Cool October Vegetable Gardening For a while there I was afraid the summer heat was never going to end. Thankfully we have dipped below 100 and (be still my beating heart) are having morning temps in the 60’s. That means I’m back out in the garden in earnest and trying to salvage my heat-stressed plantings. You too can take advantage of our cooler weather and plant brassicas, root crops, greens, and garlic. Try Garlic This Year Garlic makes a great addition to any garden as long as… Read More →

Master Gardener Plant Clinic and Tool Sharpening at Sunset Valley SFC Farmers Market

Master Gardener Plant Clinic and Tool Sharpening at Sunset Valley SFC Farmers Market The Master Gardeners Plant Clinic and Tool Sharpening at Sunset Valley SFC Farmers Market can answer questions on worm composting, vegetable gardening, landscaping small spaces, butterfly gardening, the best plants for the Austin area, fertilizers, and pest management. The demonstration for this date is on tool care and sharpening. Bring your garden tool to the market and learn how to take care of it. In addition to sharing their experience and training, several publications are… Read More →

Plant Clinic at Leaf Landscape South

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Leaf Landscape Supply South The Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Leaf Landscape South can answer questions on the best plants for the Austin area, lawn care, fertilizers, pest management, landscaping challenges, vegetable gardens, and native plants. Look for their table at the Leaf Landscape Supply South, 5700 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78735. 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 Adapted Landscape Plants Guide… Read More →

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 composting, the best plants for the Austin area, lawn care, fertilizers, pest management, landscaping challenges, vegetable gardens, 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 Adapted Landscape… Read More →

Plant Clinic at Austin Zoo

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Austin Zoo The Master Gardeners Plant Clinic will be at the Austin Zoo Home School Day. They can answer questions on  the best plants for the Austin area, lawn care, fertilizers, pest management, landscaping challenges, vegetable gardens, and native plants. Look for their table at the Austin Zoo; 1008 W. Pfluger Street; Pflugerville, Texas 78660, from 9:30 am to 11 am. You can find more information about the plant swap on the library website. In addition to sharing their experience and training, several… Read More →

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Pflugerville Library

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Pflugerville Library Plant Swap September 10th The Master Gardeners Plant Clinic will be at the Pflugerville Public Library Summer Plant Swap. They can answer questions on  the best plants for the Austin area, lawn care, fertilizers, pest management, insect hotels, landscaping challenges, vegetable gardens, and native plants. Look for their table at the Pflugerville Public Library; 1008 W. Pfluger Street; Pflugerville, Texas 78660, from 9:30 am to 11 am. You can find more information about the plant swap on the library website. In… Read More →

7 Summertime Hacks for Backyard Chickens by Susan Wozniak

Heat Stress in Chickens Can Be Serious This summer we have experienced record-high temperatures which causes heat stress in chickens. Although chickens are adaptable to weather changes, they usually perform at their best around 75° Fahrenheit and below, according to research at North Carolina State University Poultry Science Extension. Consistently high summer temperatures causing heat stress in chickens can halt their egg-laying or even lead to death. Although chickens will pant like dogs to dissipate heat, it’s important for the flock owner to provide cooling options for backyard… Read More →