Tag Archives: How to Garden in Austin

In the October Vegetable Garden

Fall Finally Arrives in the October Vegetable Garden I am so thankful for fall weather. Shorter days and cool mornings have brought back the gardening enthusiasm that the relentless heat of summer usually drains. If you haven’t already, take advantage of the mild, frost-free weather this month and get cole crops, root crops, greens, and garlic established in the garden. Try Garlic This Year Garlic makes a great addition to any garden as long as you pick the right variety for the time of year you plan to… Read More →

In Austin’s May Vegetable Garden by Patty Leander

Hurray for the May vegetable garden! The rush of spring planting has passed, the chance for unexpected cold snaps is over and we are headed toward summer and the much-anticipated vegetable harvest. May Vegetable Garden Checklist WATER Conserve water by using drip irrigation or soaker hoses to deliver moisture to the root zone and avoid overhead watering which may encourage disease. If you have automatic irrigation, be sure to turn it off when rain is in the forecast. FERTILIZE Help vegetable plantings along by providing consistent moisture and… Read More →

Homeowner Landscaping Plans: Site Documentation & Analysis

Create Your Own Landscape Master Plan Creating a landscape master plan is an important step if you are installing or redoing your garden. Planning helps you identify the unique characteristics and requirements for your particular garden. Additionally, good planning has other benefits like cost and time savings. Join Travis County Master Gardener Sandy Stone who discusses how to document and analyze your site in this webinar. Sandy breaks the process into clear steps that you can follow and gives you tips and tricks along the way. You’ll learn… Read More →

Giant Sea Squill – a Fall Bulb to Try by Yvonne Schneider

Late Summer Surprise Last fall, I had seen bulbs called Giant Sea Squill (Urginea Maritima a syn. for  Drimia maritima) that were perfect for the desert/arid air areas that bloom in the fall and go dormant in the summer. The online description said they would grow in sand and prefer to grow in a dry area. The site also claims that all I have to do to is dig a hole, water it in, and walk away. Could that work in Travis County? Looking for more late fall/winter… Read More →

Cockroach Identification and Control

Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will discuss cockroaches. Meeting Information Where: Zoom meeting Date: Friday, October 9, 2020 Time: 10 AM Central Time Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqcOqprDsuHdASupE_bE5Ja63jU5CWjnso After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information.

In the Fall Vegetable Garden by Patty Leander

October is for Establishing the Fall Vegetable Garden By October the fall vegetable garden should be rocking and rolling! The arrival of fall in Central Texas brings cooler temperatures and the potential for more dependable precipitation, both of which revive the pleasure of vegetable gardening. This is the best month to get cool season vegetables in the ground and growing vigorously before cold weather sets in. Remember that vegetables need sunlight to thrive. Lettuce, arugula and other leafy greens may produce adequately in less than full sun conditions… Read More →

Iris Dividing Time by Yvonne Schneider

Iris Dividing is Easy Now that temperatures are out of the 100+ category, it’s time to get out there and begin dividing iris. Irises have no issues with being divided, making them the perfect plant to spread around your yard or share with neighbors. Here is how to divide overcrowded clumps. You’ll need a pair of gloves, a digging fork, a spade, hand pruners, and a bucket to store your extra rhizomes. How to Identify Overcrowding You can tell that your irises are crowded when the larger rhizomes… Read More →

In the Vegetable Garden by Patty Leander

Time for the Fall Vegetable Garden! Another triple degree summer is thankfully coming to an end which means it’s time to get the fall vegetable garden underway. There may still be a few scorchers ahead but at some point this month we’ll see a slight shift in the weather as nighttime temperatures g-r-a-d-u-a-l-l-y start to cool off making it more feasible to plant seeds and transplants, especially if you provide some type of shade cover for new plantings. The average first frost in Central Texas can be expected… 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 →

****CANCELED****Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Stronger Austin Day

Stronger Austin has canceled this event. Please see their website for more information. Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Stronger Austin Day The Master Gardeners at the Stronger Austin Day can answer questions on  the best plants for the Austin area, lawn care, fertilizers, pest management, composting, landscaping challenges, vegetable gardens, and native plants. Look for their table at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78753, from 10 am to 1 pm. In addition to sharing their experience and training, several publications are on… Read More →