Friday, April 26, 2013

Water Wi$e Workshop- May 4th

Are you interested in strategies that can help reduce your water usage and conserve clean water sources?  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County will present a Water Wi$e Workshop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4 at St. Edward’s University. The workshop is open for adults and kids ages 8-12.  Adults can learn how to convert lawns to landscapes that conserve water, irrigation systems, the Earthkind program, rainwater harvesting and integrated pest management.  Youth ages 8-12 will have their own water- related activities such as learning about aquifers, rainwater simulators and water conservation strategies.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture Continuing Education Units will be offered for this program; 1 IPM & 2 General.

What- Water Wi$e Workshop
When- Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10AM-2PM
Where- St. Edward's University 3001 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX
Cost- $25 for adults; $15 for youth ages 8-12 (includes lunch!)

Attendees may register online at Enter “water” into the keyword field.

Friday, April 12, 2013

2013 East Austin Garden Fair

This will be an extraordinary event with an emphasis on interactive learning and low cost do-it-yourself and demonstration activities.  We have expanded our favorite booths from last year, and added many new gardening booths and activities.  New features include a raised-bed veggie garden planting demo, make your own rain barrel demo, make your own container garden, butterfly gardening, firewise landscaping, a City of Austin composting class (free kitchen collection container and 75% reimbursement for compost units), along with much more.  We've also added a focus on nutrition (including cooking and grilling demonstrations, healthy snacks and produce tastings, SNAP registration counseling, a farmers market booth, etc.).  There will be tons of activities for kids, and freebies include: seedlings, container gardens, raffled rain barrels, kitchen compost bins, food and produce tastings, hula hoopercise, and free classes on a range of subjects. Sound great?  Here's the information you need to know to join the fun:
WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 2013 9:30AM- 1:30PM
WHERE: Zaragoza Park & Rec Center- 2608 Gonzales Street Austin, TX
COST: Free!
Of course I will be there answering questions about insects, so bring any samples that you need to have identified.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Webinar this Friday- fire ant managment in sensitive areas

The next Don't Bug Me seminar is this Friday- April 5, 2013 at 1PM central time. 

This webinar will cover fire ant management in sensitive areas such as vegetable gardens and compost piles, as well as around electrical equipment and ponds. 

You can find more information and link to the webinar (or watch past webinars) from this link: