Tag Archives: vegetables

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 →

In the April Vegetable Garden for Austin by Patty Leander

Add Perseverance to Your April Gardening Checklist Who could have imagined that our pandemic spring of 2020 would be followed by a paralyzing deep freeze in 2021? Gardening and restarts go hand in hand but the recovery and resets in the season ahead are still to be determined. Like many gardeners, I am wondering about the status of several plants in my landscape. Roses and dandelions act like nothing happened, lantana is showing signs of regrowth, Barbados cherry appears brown and brittle, and poor prickly pear cactus turned… Read More →

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Vegetable Pest IPM

Join us for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Vegetable Pest IPM Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a pest management strategy using economically and environmentally sustainable practices. Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will tell you how to practice IPM in the vegetable garden. Meeting Information Date: Friday, March 12 Time: 10 AM Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcuyorzMuH9HxXn93CTKKHpZgT9OvpfEi After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for… Read More →

In the March Vegetable Garden

Starting Over in the March Vegetable Garden? Wow. The Arctic Blast of February 2021 was a doozey! Many cool season plants that normally can withstand cold, suffered damage or died during the week of freezing temperatures. I plant fava beans in the fall so that I can get a nice crop as early as January. They normally do just fine, even in a freeze, but not this year. The tops suffered a lot of damage, but have put on new growth in the days following the ice storm…. Read More →

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Top 10 Vegetable Pests

Join us for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Top 10 Vegetable Pests Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will tell you how to identify the top 10 vegetable pests. Meeting Information Date: Friday, February 12 Time: 10 AM Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErd–orzMqGNwQ1svOPysWDNj4Bt3q6ZFX 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. Additional Resources Vegetable Garden Insects Field Guide February Gardening… Read More →

In the February Vegetable Garden by Patty Leander

Last Chance to Plant Cool Season Vegetables Your February garden checklist should include your last opportunity to plant cool season vegetables. They need to have a chance to mature before the arrival of hot weather. It’s also a time for hard decisions. If we fill our garden beds with broccoli, lettuce and carrots this month, where will we put tomatoes, green beans and squash next month? With the exception of quick-growing radishes and mesclun greens, the vegetables we plant in February will take 2-3 months to reach harvest… Read More →

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 →

In the January 2021 Vegetable Garden by Patty Leander

Keep Gardening! Happy New Year! Interest in growing and eating vegetables blossomed during the COVID shutdown last year. I’m hoping that everyone who started a vegetable garden during the pandemic will keep it going. Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet for everyone, no matter who you are or how old you are. There are many benefits for everyone to gain from a plant strong diet. Eating vegetables safeguards our health, the process of growing them contributes to our movement and physical activity, and cultivating a… Read More →

In the December Vegetable Garden by Patty Leander

Time for Greens and Pomegranates Your December garden checklist is here and ‘tis the season for fresh broccoli, cauliflower, hearty greens, delicious citrus…and pomegranates! It’s hard to resist the beautiful pomegranates available this time of year. The ruby red arils add a pop of color and a little tangy sweetness to salads, pilafs, or even sprinkled atop a dish of Christmas guacamole. If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed pomegranates prominently displayed in the produce section. Or perhaps you are lucky enough to have… Read More →

In the November Vegetable Garden by Patty Leander

So long, mosquitoes! One of the reasons that the November vegetable garden is so wonderful is because most pests tend to fade away this time of year. The one I am happiest to see go is the mosquito. It’s hard to think of anything that sucks the joy out of being outside more than a single, determined mosquito. Good riddance. I hope their annoying buzz and bite is waning in your outdoor environment as well. Add Flowers to Your November Vegetable Garden The transition to cool season vegetables… Read More →