Weed Prevention 100% Corn Meal Gluten additive

The Debate About Corn Meal Gluten

I have received e-mails every day now from both  professionals and home owners–about corn gluten meal–To put it down now–or—  to not put it down- and what if it rains real hard after the application— are the  main questions. With corn gluten meal- especially in the Spring- these questions are always looming.  here are the pros and cons–-if the dandelions are blooming then it is time to do it—you have to know that the weeds you see now had to have be controlled last fall- (or if you see them now they weren’t) the whole idea is to put the […]

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Night Landscaping Accent Lighting

Light Up your Life – Garden Lighting

The important difference that well placed landscape lighting can make in your gardens is just breathtaking. This newsletter will give you lots of tips on how to make the most of your garden lighting. I’m not just talking about lighting your outside by adding a lot of lights—but using a few well placed lights that will highlight different aspects of the whole space as well as make it easy to see where you are walking. Also keep in mind that outdoor lighting isn’t just for when you are outside but also when you are inside– looking out that favorite window […]

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Companion planting cabbages and marigolds

Getting the Most Out of Your Garden: Companion Planting

Companion planting is a skill that I was taught by my maternal Grandmother who raised me. It is not new to older gardeners and has been taught in universities to food crop growers for decades. I’ve always used the skill in my organic ornamental designs as well. * The art of good companion planting is very important to the success of my organic program that I teach in my classes. Strong Scented Repellant Plants——Any plant that has a strong scent will repel bad bugs [bugs that eat plants]. Many herbs fall into this category. Below I have listed some of […]

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Square foot gardening Texas

My Approach to Gardening by the Square Foot

I do recommend that you refer to The Square Foot Gardening Book by Mel Bartholomew for good information on how many of each plant to place in a square foot area and some good set up ideas for vertical frames and covering cool season plants. His plant by plant info is general enough that it is ok too- I do not use the same mix that he recommends in his book for my square foot garden ( I have tried it and it isn’t bad but it is hard to mix by yourself and not my favorite)– I prefer to […]

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winter pruning with shears

Question of the Week: Winter Pruning

Question of the week — How far back do I prune my knock out roses and the salvia greggi for the winter?  Also, the plant behind my pond I believe is a papyrus plant…. do I need to trim that back too? how about my grasses-should I cut them now? Here is the best answer that I can give Angie and all of you– about waiting to trim before Valentine’s Day or after each year–    I know that the weather is nice–BUT—  It is best to wait until  after Valentines day to  prune–the reason is –you can have warm weather  ( usually […]

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