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What’s Happening in the May Vegetable Garden

Austin’s May Vegetable Garden Checklist Tips from Paula Wolfel May provides a window when a few more vegetables can be planted before the summer heat arrives, but is mainly a month when Austin gardeners tend to the plants that were put in the ground earlier in the spring and start harvesting. Many gardeners are harvesting beans, peas, tomatoes, squashes, radishes, carrots, lettuces, and squashes, to name a few. Unfortunately, also in May, insects and diseases are in full force. Pill bugs, tiger moth caterpillar and the saltmarsh caterpillars… Read More →

What’s Happening in the Austin April Vegetable Garden

Enjoy the April Vegetable Garden! All warm weather vegetables can be planted during the month of April. Remember to choose vegetable varieties that grow in Central Texas. Seeds or Transplants? You can find almost all vegetables available to purchase as transplants for the April vegetable garden. However, you can save money by planting seeds when possible. Some vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers need to be transplanted instead of planting seeds to allow the crops to mature before hot weather sets in and extends the productive period of… Read More →

What’s Happening in the Austin March Vegetable Garden

The March Vegetable Garden Checklist by Paula Wolfel March is the month that Austin gardeners wait for all year. In much of Travis County, you can plant your vegetable garden in mid to late March. An important step before planting your garden is to prepare your soil for its new occupants. Also, this month, you can start hardening off seedlings that were grown indoors to gradually expose the tender plants to the wind and sun, and acclimate to outdoor conditions. Finally, although warm temperatures seem to be here… Read More →

Vegetable Talk at Leaf Landscape Supply North

Vegetable Talk at Leaf Landscape Supply North Join us for a short vegetable talk during the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Leaf Landscape Supply North. Travis County Master Gardener Jane Kurzawa Cravey will be conducting a short talk on how to grow vegetables at 10:00 am on March 9th . She is joined by several other Master Gardeners who 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… Read More →

Seed Giveaway at Adelphi Community Garden Spring Plant Sale

Master Gardener March 9th Plant Clinic at Adelphi Acre Community Garden Spring Plant Sale The Master Gardeners will be bringing the plant clinic at Adelphi Acre Community Garden Spring Plant Sale and a selection of free spring vegetable and flower seeds to give away as long as supplies last. They will also answer questions on vegetable gardening, variety selection, gardening in small spaces, butterfly gardening, the best plants for the Austin area, fertilizers, and pest management. In addition to sharing their experience and training, several publications are on… Read More →

What’s Happening in the Austin February Vegetable Garden

The Austin February Vegetable Garden Checklist by Paula Wolfel This month is filled with multi-tasking in the garden. For those who have a winter garden, you will spend this month cleaning up from last’s month’s freeze and continuing to be on the defense, protecting your garden from temperatures that drop below 32 degrees. Take advantage of the warm days and pull weeds and pick and discard any frozen/defrosted, dead leaves or plants. Early in the month, work 1-2” of compost into your soil and put a layer of… Read More →

What’s Happening in the Austin January Vegetable Garden

The Austin January Vegetable Garden Checklist by Paula Wolfel Many in Austin saw at least one freeze by early December.  With that occurrence, I picked the last of my summer eggplants and made Pasta alla Norma and Eggplant Parmigiana (both can be stored in the freezer if you have a lot of eggplant) and I pickled my jalepenos.  And with that is the end of my summer garden—except my chard—and magically space in the garden is free for more winter vegetables like greens, lettuces, brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower,… Read More →

Eat A Rainbow Halloween Style

Eat a Rainbow Presented by Travis County Master Gardeners How do you get almost 400 third and fourth graders excited about healthy eating with Halloween approaching, which is one of the unhealthiest holidays? Answer… use a colorful poster, sparkling bracelets, and interactive teaching to reinforce that colorful foods are healthy. Twelve enthusiastic Travis County Master Gardeners did just that at the Science of Agriculture Event at the Travis County Exposition Center on Thursday, October 5th. The event consisted of eight separate sessions for the Title 1 schools. The… Read More →

In Austin’s 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. That small stretch of rain we had last month really helped too. 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… Read More →

What’s Happening in Austin’s September Vegetable Garden

September Vegetable Garden Checklist Tips from Paula Wolfel Vegetable gardeners and most everyone else welcome the arrival of September because it means cooler temperatures are on the way. Though the daytime temperatures are still hot, at some point in September, the nighttime temperatures begin to fall. That little drop will take heat stress off of plants and help make our gardens beautiful again. Gardeners are enjoying harvests from the plants that survived their summer gardens such as eggplant, cucumbers, melons, and tomatoes as well starting new with fall… Read More →