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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 →

In the Austin March Vegetable Garden

Is it Going to Freeze Again in the March Vegetable Garden? The first week of March is the average last day of frost but remain diligent and listen to the weather forecast. Soil temperatures and sneaky freezes will impact seed germination and plant viability. Use a Soil Thermometer Since weather apps don’t tell you how warm the soil is, the best monitoring tool is a soil thermometer. If you are a home composter or baker, you may already have thermometers you can use. If your thermometer has a… Read More →

In the February Vegetable Garden

Hope Springs Eternal in the February Vegetable Garden After a series of hard freezes in January, I turn an eye to February in hopes that I can get some things in the ground and get the vegetable garden growing again. I’d better because I bought too many seeds again from all those helpful catalogs that I got in the mail. The trick is, though, to get the timing right because we are not in the frost-free zone yet. Don’t be fooled by those balmy days. Keep a diligent… Read More →

In the January Vegetable Garden

Freeze Wallops the January Vegetable Garden And just like that the hard freeze arrives and wipes out a good portion of my January vegetable garden. Happy new year to you too mother nature! Like many of you, I’ve been gardening like crazy up until a few days ago and enjoying constant harvests from just about everything. I was even picking okra! But not anymore. All those tender vegetables and herbs are blackened and shriveled from the hard freeze that hit my Austin garden. I’ve been paying attention to… Read More →