Friday, April 12, 2013

A Passion for Plants

The East Austin Garden Fair is a fabulous event.  For the price of "absolutely free", you'll find knowledgeable and experienced gardeners ready to share their wealth of knowledge with you.  This year's fair will no doubt be bigger and better than even.

There will be plenty of activities for the kids and did I mention free plants.  That's right!  We'll have free plants grown by the Master Gardeners while supplies last.  What a deal!

Here's a list of some of the fair exhibit topics you can expect see:

  • Beekeeping
  • Backyard Chickens
  • Citrus and Fruit
  • Composting
  • Insects
  • Grow Boxes
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Butterfly Gardening
  • Firewise Landscaping
  • Raised Bed Gardening
  • Vegetable and Herb Gardening
  • School Gardens

Come out and visit me at the backyard chicken table.  I'll have some adorable chickens and plenty of knowledgeable chicken folks available to answer your questions.  We'll have a demonstration coop and several hens of various breeds for you to view up close. 

Master Gardener Debbie Hyde will be bringing her Delaware hen (shown below) along with her coop mate, a Rhode Island Red.  I will be bringing some of my cuties from the Chick Inn.  I'm hoping my little 8 month old pullet, Abby, looks her best for the big day.  Abby is preparing for her first molt and a chicken in molt is not an attractive site.  Hopefully, her molt will hold off so I can bring her.  She's a real sweetie pie.  

Photo by Austin Neal
Here are some pictures from last year's event, which included bird house construction,  
Photo by Austin Neal

worm composting, also known as vermiculture, 
Photo by Austin Neal

cool bugs (I hope my chickens don't get a look at those tasty cockroaches), 
Photo by Austin Neal

and plenty of other interesting stuff to keep the kiddos entertained.
Photo by Austin Neal

I hope I see you at the East Austin Garden Fair!


  1. Can't wait to see your chickens again! Augie, I'm sure, will be entertained by them again too. :-)

    1. Last year the chickens and Augie seemed quite mesmerized by each other. I couldn't exactly read his doggy mind, but I'm pretty sure Augie was trying to figure out how to open the cage and let the chickens run free. Ha, ha, doggy day dreams.