As autumn weather settles in across the state, Austin residents have the opportunity to give their gardens and landscape some TLC. Did you know that autumn is the perfect time to plant trees? It’s also a great time to enjoy food from the garden. Take a look at the many classes offered throughout our community. This month is also a great one for giving back to your neighborhood. Attend classes or donate your volunteer hours to learn how.
Fall-Specific Gardening Classes
Free Composting Class – City of Austin
What do you do with your vegetable scraps? Where do your lawn clippings go? If you are throwing them away, then you’re missing out on free nutrient-rich fertilizer. Sign up for a free composting class through the City of Austin and find out how composting can be advantageous for you. If you miss the first class on Tuesday the 3rd, you’ll have a second chance on Monday the 16th!
Tuesday, November 3, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, November 16, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bees & Beekeeping – Sustainable Food Center
Bees and other pollinators play an essential role in keeping our gardens healthy and full. In this class, you’ll learn how to attract bees to your yard and how to support them as they pollinate. Prepare to interact with beehives and get firsthand experience in utilizing beekeeping basics. This affordable $15 class is capped at just 25 participants, so sign up early. You won’t want to miss this opportunity.
Saturday, November 7, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Easy Edibles – The Natural Gardener
If you don’t garden because you’re short on time and space, then this is the class for you. Don’t let gardening overwhelm you. It is possible to garden with just a little bit of effort. Come and enjoy this class to find out how to grow food for your table. Join Judy Barret, author of several gardening books and editor/publisher of “Homegrown: Good Sense Organic Gardening”, for a free class on growing your own food.
Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am
Fall Pests and Disease – Grow Local
The pests and diseases that affect your garden during the fall are unique to the season. This class will help you learn to identify the pests and diseases that come with cooler weather, to manage pests safely, and how to protect the food from your garden. There’s only room for 25 participants, so sign up early. Course fee is $15.
Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bold and Beautiful Edibles – Grow Green
If you find yourself torn between filling your gardens with beautiful blossoms and plants that will feed your family, then this class is for you. Learn about those plants that provide both beauty and bounty. A few examples include asparagus, strawberries, and herbs. Plan ahead for your gardening efforts next year and learn to enjoy landscaping that provides you with food on the table. Register early for a discount and to ensure your spot in the class with Master Gardener Patty Leander.
Thursday, November 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Selecting Your Backyard Orchard – The Natural Gardener
Did you know that fall is the perfect time to plant new trees? Come enjoy a class on choosing and planting fruit trees with Jeff Ferris, Austin gardener for nearly 30 years. You can plan on getting answers to your many questions about planting fruit trees. Learn how to start your new trees off right so that you can enjoy a bountiful harvest year after year.
Saturday, November 14, 10:00 am
Extend the Fall Growing Season – Sustainable Food Center
Learn the best techniques and tools for protecting your gardens during the cooler months of the year. Some of the topics covered in this class will include the use of row covers, hoop houses, and cold frames. We’ll also discuss seed propagation and starting your seeds indoors. Register ahead of time to reserve your spot. The fee for this class is $15.
Saturday, November 21, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Weeds: Organic Control – The Natural Gardener
There are a lot of things that come and go in a garden, but weeds are a constant. Learn the best ways to prevent and control weeds in your yard. Linda Wall has gardened in Austin for more than 30 years and is a respected horticulturist. Join her for this free class and learn how to recognize the various types of weeds that are most common in Central Texas as well as effective organic strategies that will control them.
Saturday, November 21, 10:00
In addition to these classes, you’ll find some great landscaping, water conservation, and gardening tips at these great online resources:
Community Leadership and Involvement
Maybe you feel like you’ve got a handle on your own landscape and you’d like to improve the quality of the properties around you. Maybe you’d like to interact with and impact others in your community. Enjoy these activities to increase your sphere of influence.
Fall Festival – Austin Nature & Science Center
Get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. While you’re in your yard and neighborhood, you might notice resident wildlife, including bats, owls, and other animals. This festival will provide you and your family to learn more about our native wildlife as well as the constellations found in Central Texas’ night sky. Enjoy activities planned for people of all ages.
Saturday, November 7, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Community Garden Leadership Training – Sustainable Food Center
If you are interested in creating a community garden in your neighborhood, plan to attend this workshop. We’ll cover topics including community organizing, securing land, community outreach, and fundraising. These workshops attract a large number of participants, so register well in advance. Your spot can be reserved for $5.
Saturday, November 14, 9:00 – 1:00 pm
Climate Change in Texas – Austin Eco Network
There’s been a lot of buzz about climate change. Find out what the science says at this informative lecture. Find out how climate change might affect policy.
Sunday, November 22, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
There are many great reasons to volunteer in your community. One of these is the opportunity to learn more about how to provide the best care for the landscaping on your property.
Ramsey Park Tree Planting & Mulching – City of Austin
Join with other volunteers to plant new trees and mulch existing trees in Ramsey Park. Along the way, you just might pick up some great tips about caring for the trees in your yard.
Saturday, November 7, 9:00 am
Sapling Days Volunteer Event – TreeFolks
TreeFolks works with volunteers once a year, passing out saplings, answering questions, and building awareness of the benefits of fall tree planting. As you volunteer, you’ll learn how to plant and care for trees in the fall.
Saturday, November 7, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Learn More About Keyhole Gardening – Gus Garcia Community Garden
Keyhole gardens are becoming popular in many dry regions because they retain both moisture and nutrients. Using everyday items, a raised, circular bed is constructed with a compost basket in the middle. Work with other volunteers to construct a keyhole garden and to plant, mulch, and water the bed. We’ll start in the morning, take a break for lunch, and then finish by early evening. Come when you’re able to volunteer.
Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Did October Prepare You for November?
There was plenty of rainfall during the month of October with 6.03 inches, nearly three inches more than usual, and much more than September with just under two inches. In addition to the moisture, the month also saw some milder temperatures, making it possible to enjoy more time in the garden. October offers you many chances to attend classes and volunteer in the community. This month, learn how to give back to your neighborhood and community as you connect, garden, and learn with others.