Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Backyard Basics EXPO! August 3rd

Join Texas A&M AgriLife for our Biennial Backyard Basics EXPO extravaganza!  We bring the best of the best presenters to speak about topics that we have heard you want to learn more about.  Throughout the year, we poll the community, ask questions, and gather information about what information you are looking for.

Topics include Pollinator Gardening, Salsa Gardening, Salsa Making, Jerky Making, Buy the Whole Cow, Veggie Gardening and much more!

Preregistration through August 2nd - $20
At the door - $25
Kids 10 and under FREE!

Expect a ton of door prizes, a great raffle, eggs and honey and much more for sale!  Tons of vendors selling and providing great information.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Squash Bugs on the Loose

Squash crops are coming along in backyard gardens this time of year.  Protect your squash from the dreaded squash bug!  Last week, I was out checking on my squash plants, and discovered an adult squash bug, crawling along the leaves.  A quick look under the leaves uncovered a plethora of squash bug eggs.

What did I do?  Squashed the heck out of the squash bug eggs and hoped I killed every last one of them.  Then I took the adult inside and added her to my collection.

Take a good look on the underside of the leaves of your squash plants.  The plants are probably still small enough that this task isn't so daunting.  Even if the plants are large and have a lot of leaves, its well worth the effort to physically smoosh the eggs you find.  Look for brown, egg shaped, eggs in the crotch of veins of the squash leaves.

Squash bugs really like to congregated underneath the leaves and at the base of the plant, where it meets the soil.  Excessive mulch can help increase and aid squash bug populations.  Hand picking works wonders ... if you have the time.  But you can also wrap the base of the plant with foil to irritate the bugs, treat only the base of the plant if you are worried about treating the entire plant, or use a foliar insecticide labeled for veggies, being sure to get underneath the leaves.

Make sure you read that label carefully in case there is a time between treating and harvesting you need to be careful to time

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

San Antonio Chicken Coop Tour!

What better way to kick of Spring than by a chicken coop tour?!  A new city ordinance for the City of San Antonio now allows you to have six chickens AND a rooster.  If you have ever thought about having your own backyard flock, do yourself a favor and just do it!  You'll never regret it.

Join the tour to get ideas for how coops should be built to protect against predators, size requirements for flock sizes, and other details that you only learn through experience.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Entomology Summer Camps - Register Now!

2018 Entomology Summer Camps are now open for registration and filling up fast!  

Three dates and three payment options for returning campers!

New Campers (and returners who need a new kit, net and bag) - $125
Returners who need a new kit, but have the net and bag) - $100
Returners who have everything (I will replace pins and vials and killing solution) - $75

Register at

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Spring Break Nature Camp - 2018

Our annual Spring Break Nature Camp is open for registration!

We hope to hatch chicks during camp and learn about the chick lifecycle from a poultry expert, experiment with dissecting owl pellets, giant grasshoppers and crawdads, do a tour of the new expansion of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens for our field trip and have a lesson and plant scavenger hunt from their fantastic youth educator, learn from beekeepers (me! 😊) and see real bees behind glass.  Along with our staples of team building games, playing with tarantulas and bugs, and our grand finale ice cream party. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Insecta Fiesta Was a HUGE Hit!

If you didn't make Insecta Fiesta this year, you missed out on a great time!  But be sure to mark your calendars for our next venture in entomophagy on October 20th for an Insecta Fiesta Bar-BUG-Que.  We are planning a family style Bar-BUG-Que lunch with activities for the kids, a great raffle, honey sale, cockroach races, and a costume contest.  It'll be the Halloween hit of the year!

Even Insects Dress Up for Halloween!

Yes, even insects like to wear costumes.  This little guy is a green lacewing larvae that has disguised himself by taking bits of debris and gluing it to his back.  They commonly called Debris Carrying Lacewing Larvae and use the debris as camoflauge and because it makes them "smell" a little more like their prey, so they aren't detected as easily.