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Companion Planting: Cool Season Crops

Companion Planting Cool season crops—the plants that draw benefit from each other are within 6 feet of each other. Thyme is planted by the strawberries to attract pollinators (bees) so we will have a lot of strawberries. Lettuce, beets, broccoli and carrots ( round French carrots are best in the ground here) make good friends and don’t share any of the same problems. Butter heads are so cute Leaf lettuce-cut and come again & tasty Radishes like being planted next to carrots and lettuce because they do not share any pests or diseases. Cilantro/ Coriander- repels aphids which are a […]

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Tussie-Mussies, a Victorian Tradition

Tussie- mussies are little talking bouquets that either send a message if given as a gift or  convey a persons mood  if carried by the person who crafted it. They were always carried by  Victorian ladies  whenever they were out in public in case they came upon one of the  unpleasant smells of the time -at which time they would lift the  tiny bouquet ( also called a nosegay) to their nose.  To be caught in such a position ( smelling a bad smell) without a tussie-mussie would be very embarrassing. In Victorian times any  verbal communication between a proper  […]

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My Grandmother’s Garden

By Lucy Harrell Her name was Lucille—I called her Mommy Cille- she loved her garden-it was her place to escape –with me by her side. Lucky me– to have learned so much from such a sage—and I was lucky enough to have her with me until my 48th year. She never went shopping for plants or garden products-she divided our perennials and collected annual seed for the next years planting. She traded plants and seeds with neighbors and we put everything we didn’t use or share in the compost piles-she had several different piles-that she made for different types of […]

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Planting Spring Bulbs

After a winter of snow, cold temperatures and long nights, we’re all eager for a little sunshine – and a little color. And nothing encourages us to get out and enjoy the advent of spring like brilliant displays of blooming bulbs. Chances are your clients have asked for recommendations, and customers who look beyond the holidays and into the new year will appreciate a good selection of bulbs they can plant now for spring color. But you can help them even further by teaching them to extend the often-brief flowering season with a few easy tricks. Whether they desire basic […]

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Giving Back to the Community: A School Garden Project

Two weeks ago I was invited to speak to the students of North Texas Leadership Academy in Keller about how to plan and build a garden. After speaking with them and sharing what I knew they showed me the area designated to be their garden. This area was a water run off zone where a shed had been placed right in the middle of the water flow. The WHOLE area is a saturated mud pit! I knew it would not be a feasible location for gardening or even walking without getting muddy, so I spoke to them on how to […]

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