Workshops & Events

Jul
16
Sat
Easy Composting with Worms! @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Worms-ClaytonLet these “little composters” save landfill space while turning your kitchen vegetable and fruit waste into black gold! Even if you live in an apartment you can host a small bin under the kitchen sink. Worm castings are useful in many ways: compost tea, potting soils, top dressing for house plants and seedlings, to name a few. Tommie Clayton, Master Gardener Compost Specialist, will show you how worm bins work, demonstrate how to construct your own worm bin and get it started, methods for harvesting castings plus brewing your own compost tea.

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd,  Austin, TX 78746

Seminar is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over),  $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600

 

Aug
6
Sat
Growing Green in Austin @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

GrowGreenLogo1Grow Green is an education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices. It addresses water quality and conservation, recycling, and an Integrated Pest Management philosophy, which encourages the least‐toxic way to address pest issues. Get ready for fall planting. Attend this class to discover tips and all of the FREE resources available to help you create and maintain a beautiful Central Texas landscape that is good for your pocket book and the environment. Denise Delaney coordinates the Grow Green program for the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department; has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and over 25 years of professional experience in Central Texas.

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd,  Austin, TX 78746

Seminar is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over),  $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600

 

Aug
11
Thu
Garden to Kitchen – Tips for a Fresh and Tasty Harvest @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

GardenToKitchenBackyard Basics Series:

The best part of vegetable gardening is the harvest! Give your home‐grown vegetables the attention they deserve with proper harvesting and handling techniques.
Master Gardener Patty Leander shares tips on when to harvest produce at its prime along with proper storage conditions for peak quality and flavor.

Thursday – August 11
10 am to noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721

Cost: $10 thru 8/1, $15 starting 8/2 and onsite
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

 

Sep
8
Thu
To Bee, or Not to Bee @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bee_unsplashBackyard Basics Series:

Come learn all about bees: anatomy, society & communication. Gather information on establishing your first hive, beekeeping equipment and integrated pest management.
Master Gardener Ginny Stubblefield has been a beekeeper for 3 years and is a member of the Williamson County Area Beekeepers Association and the Austin Area Beekeepers.

Thursday – September 8
10 am to noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721

Cost: $10 thru 8/29, $15 starting 8/30 and onsite
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

Oct
13
Thu
Chickens in Your Backyard @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Chicken-Ally 2016Backyard Basics Series:

Are you ready for the fun and rewarding experience of keeping your own backyard chickens? Learn about planning your coop, breed selection, caring for chicks, ideas to beat boredom, diets for delicious eggs and keeping the coop clean.
Master Gardener Ally Stresing will help you get started with this informative talk on raising the home flock.

Thursday – October 13
10 am to noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721

Cost: $10 thru 10/3, $15 starting 10/4 and onsite
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

 

Nov
10
Thu
Preserving the Harvest @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

PreservingtheHarvest-JeffBackyard Basics Series:

Learn about the key food preservation processes; freezing, dehydration and canning. Factors related to food spoilage and the science involved in prevention will be covered along with a basic review of the tools and techniques involved.

Master Gardener Jeff Peters will provide a step‐by step illustration of the hot water bath canning process–an excellent resource for those with an interest in preserving their garden produce.

 

Thursday – November 10
10 am to noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721

Cost: $10 thru 10/31, $15 starting 11/1 and onsite
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu