It’s springtime! This is mostly wonderful because my birthday falls on the first day of spring, and also because of the weather and plants you can eat and plants you can’t eat and spring cleaning and baby animals (actually relevant to my life this year, as I recently got to pet a less than one day old baby goat).
Before I get into what we’ve been up to lately, here are some local happenings regarding food and gardening:
1. Texas VegFest at Fiesta Gardens on Saturday, April 6th. Last year we got SO MUCH free vegan ice cream, and tried soy curls for the first time. Delish. We missed Isa Chandra Moskowitz last year, but we won’t make the same mistake again.
2. Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair on Sunday April 7th, at the French Legation Museum. All I really know about this (free!) event is that there will be lots of local vendors, workshops, demos, picnicking, etc. Possibly worth checking out!
3. 56th Annual Zilker Garden Festival at the Botanical Garden on April 6-7. Food, a flower show, gardening talks, and activities for kids. I just realized that I’ve never been to the Botanical Garden, because I am a terrible Austinite.
4. Mayfield Park Gardening Symposium on April 6th. More garden lectures! I’m totally into it. Give me your knowledge.
5. Kid Farmers Market at the Austin EcoSchool on April 6th. I know very little about this school, but the event sounds too cute to be true.
6. Wildflower Center’s Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival, April 13-14. Looks like you have to pay regular admission to get in, but it might be worth it if you want to stock up on Texas native plants.
7. Austin Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale, April 13-14, at the Botanical Garden. I guess I’ll be heading there soon, after all!
8. Austin Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 20, at the Mueller-Browning Hangar. It looks like kind of a “big deal” (as is any event with both the mayor AND a magician in attendance), but there should be a lot to do if you’re up for dealing with the crowds.
So much to do! Ugh, I love living in Austin.
Philip and I spent the weekend building a wicking bed (with another soon to come!), because we already know that we’re bad at regularly watering our garden. Wicking beds allow you to only water once every one or two weeks, even during the extreme Texas summer heat. Salvaging materials can cut down on the initial costs (for example, check out our wood frame made out of old fence posts). I love this bed more than I can say, and I keep peeking out the dining room window to make sure it’s still there.
Apparently we already had a lot growing this time last year, but better late than never. Some friends passed along some heirloom tomato starts, and we have some mustard, lettuce, and cucumbers planted as well. As always, I recommend this Garden Guide for the greater Austin area.
We’ve also recently fallen in love with East Austin Succulents, and you will too as soon as you go there. Amazing selection, good prices, nice people.
Philip and his son made me these hanging air plant sea creatures for my birthday! The bodies are coated with chalkboard paint so that we can change up the designs/faces. The one with reddish leaves now has a purple flower growing out of the middle, which means we are getting an air plant pup! (Also, please note the wonderful Lizzy House print in the background).
Our chickens have also been super busy lately. We found a stash that our newest chicken, Elly May, was keeping in a crate under the Airstream. Bobby Jean was interested in the loot.
One last picture (of our newest chicken, Elly May), because I have about four thousand more pictures that I want to share, but I need to calm down.
I hope that you’ve all been able to spend some time outside lately, preferably either gardening or napping, and especially the latter if you are lucky enough to have a hammock. Happy spring, one and all!