Tag Archives: Earth-Kind

The 2021 Drought to Deluge Austin Gardening Programs

Learn from Gardening Experts If you’re gardening in Austin, sometimes it feels like everything is conspiring against you. The weather, the soil, the topography, and the number of pests and diseases can overwhelm even the most experienced gardener. Help is on the way! Travis County Texas A&M AgriLife will be hosting several programs in 2021 to help Austin area gardeners be more successful. Topics range from Planning and Design to Vegetable Gardening. The program features experts from Texas A&M University, AgriLife Extension, Travis County Master Gardeners,  and the… Read More →

East Austin Garden Fair

Garden for Life. An East Austin Garden Fair April 4, 2020   9:00 am – 2:00 pm Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center 2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702 Rain or Shine – come enjoy this great event. Free Admission. Free Plants & Seeds, Garden books, magazines, and seed catalogs while supplies last. Complementary Soil Screening for food gardeners  – Bring a 2-cup soil sample in a quart zip lock bag.             Easy instructions for vegetable garden soil sampling at http://austintexas.gov/soilkitchen Ask the experts and get garden ideas. Kid-friendly activities! Texas A&M… Read More →

Drought to Deluge, Creating the Resilient Central Texas Garden

Date/Time: March 7, 2020  / 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where:  Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden,  2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin 78746 Admissions to Zilker Botanical Garden: (credit card, cash or check): Children (Ages 2 & Under) – Free Youth (Ages 3-17) Austin Resident  $3.00, Non Austin Resident $4.00 Adults (Ages 18 – 61) Austin Resident $6.00, Non Austin Resident $8.00 Seniors (Ages 62 & Over) Austin Resident $5.00, Non Austin Resident $7.00 Parking: Parking in the lot is very limited. Overflow parking can be found on… Read More →

It’s Time to Garden in Austin!

Spring has Sprung in Travis County St. Valentine’s Day is the first day of spring for many gardeners in Travis County. February 14th is usually the start of milder weather and with any luck, the hard freezes are over. Now is the time to garden: prune your roses, start your spring vegetable garden, restart your compost, and get a jump on weeds these few weeks before warmer air arrives in April. Get Expert Advice from Master Gardeners at These Events Travis County Master Gardeners are out and about… Read More →

Leaf Landscape Supply Rescues Pfluger Bridge Demonstration Garden

Pfluger Bridge Plants Replaced – Thank you Leaf Landscape Supply! Last month someone stole several plants from our adopted bed on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. Sadly, these sort of things happen in public gardening spaces. When Cathy, the Manager of Leaf Landscape Supply North, heard the story, she arranged for Leaf to donate several plants as replacements. The new plants went into the planting bed over President’s Day weekend. Texas Superstar® Plants and “Bling” Leaf’s donation includes several Texas Superstar® plants and a few flats of annuals to… Read More →

What’s New in the Garden? Time to Fertilize Citrus

 It’s Time to Fertilize Citrus Here in Austin, the prolonged cold usually comes to an end around Valentine’s Day and the warmer air triggers many plants to come out of dormancy. We’ve already noticed plums blooming in the neighborhood and new buds are emerging on just about everything in the Earth-Kind® Demonstration Garden. Joe, our Master Gardener citrus expert, says that now is the time to fertilize citrus plants. There are two trees in the ground at AgriLife, and both received specially formulated citrus fertilizer as an early… Read More →

What’s New in the Garden – Can You Dig It?

Site Preparation for New Garden Bed A new garden bed and gabion wall is in process at the Earth-Kind Demonstration garden at the AgriLife Extension office on Smith Road, and both require a LOT of digging. The new garden bed is adjacent to a parking area at the AgriLife Extension office and is mostly weeds and grass. The Travis County facilities department regularly mows it but does not provide any other ancillary care or irrigation. Master Gardener Sandy, the wall garden area leader of the Earth-Kind Demonstration Garden,… Read More →

Drip Irrigation Workshop

Drip Irrigation Workshop – Free to the Public Saturday, January 11, 10 am to 12 PM Freedom Home Baptist Church garden Rain or Shine   We all know that drip irrigation is an efficient way to conserve water and is an important tool in the Earth-Kind landscape. Come to this free Drip Irrigation workshop to learn how to install a drip irrigation system from Travis County Master Gardener irrigation experts. Led by Travis County Master Gardeners Joe Posern and Sheryl Williams, you will install a drip irrigation system in… Read More →

What’s New In The Garden? Mulch and Blooms

One day it’s freezing, and the next it’s in the 80’s. Welcome to December in Central Texas! Here’s what’s new in the garden this week at the Earth-Kind® Demonstration garden at Travis County AgriLife Extension and the Travis County Master Gardener garden at Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. More Mulch Added This week’s garden task was to add two yards of first grind mulch. The mulch will help insulate plants from cold and suppress weeds. Teresa, the Travis County Master Gardener Demo Garden Project Leader, thinks that at least one… Read More →

What’s new in the garden? Renovation at Pfluger Bridge Garden

Here’s what’s new in the garden this week at the Earth-Kind® Demonstration garden at Travis County AgriLife Extension. French Sorrel Thriving in the Herb Garden Pat Cabella, Master Gardener for the herb area in the AgriLife garden, cut back the French Sorrel (Rumex scutatus) a while ago. It is now flush with growth and ready to pick again. French Sorrel can be tricky to grow here in Austin because it wants regular irrigation and shade. Luckily it has both in the herb garden bed here at AgriLife. Dahlia… Read More →