Festival Beach Community Garden is gearing up for the Spring! This Saturday, in preparation of our upcoming anniversary party, we will be focusing on building a teaching circle in our teaching garden, plus planting perennial flowers, asparagus and artichokes, and continuing to make progress with our fence and compost.
After the work completes, we will have a picnic and a special guest speaker. Patricia Michael, MFA, Landscape Designer and Permaculture Consultant, will speak to us about her experience with the Festival Beach Community Garden and our garden’s history. Patricia is a wonderful speaker and has been instrumental in the site plan for our garden. Read more about Patricia at her company website, Patricia Michael Design.
Please bring family and friends, and a dish to share with the group. Hot dogs, hibiscus tea, and door prizes will be provided! The fun starts at 9:00!
With temperatures reaching the upper 70s, the last weekend of January found gardeners and volunteers soaking in the vitamin D while tending their plots, planning our first anniversary/grand opening event, and making improvements to our garden structures.
Daniel Barrios and Jennifer Lindley hammered away at improvements to our shed and picnic tables on Sunday. Thanks guys!
Metis Policano demonstrated the art and practicality of understory planting.
Tiny baby sprouts grow up the stalks of Brussels sprouts plants in Metis’ garden.
Of course, it wouldn’t be winter in Austin without a hard freeze or two, and we’re due another one this week. Joy Ruth shared an excellent article on helping plants survive the cold in Travis County: Frosts and Freezes by Skip Richter
As the Festival Beach Community Garden inches toward planting many of us are looking for ways to get educated about organic gardening. We’ll be having educational opportunities at the garden (dates TBD), but until then check out Garden-Ville University. They offer a range of free online classes. It doesn’t come close to digging in the dirt, but you are already spending time on the computer. So stop reading this and go learn about organic gardening
Those brisk temps in the 80s have me thinking one thing: Winter!