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Potato Barrels – Getting Maximum Yield with Minimum Effort!

Building potato barrels for your garden is QUITE easy to do.  This method makes harvesting your potatoes a breeze, and allows you to diversify the look of your garden.  This is a solo or family project, so enjoy! We used THREE trash cans, so we will go off of this for the project. You will need: 3 –  32 gallon trashcans One drill with a ½ inch drill bit One Spade shovel ½ yard of manure and topsoil mixture 3 –  5 gallon buckets of drainage gravel   Step 1) Drill 8 holes around the bottom edge and four holes […]

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Herbs: Add a little spice to your garden and your life!

Of all the plants that I use in my designs- herbs are by far my favorites. Herbs are not only beautiful plants but they are hard workers too—and tough in our Texas landscapes. Herbs add texture, fragrance, colored foliage and a certain spiciness to the garden. Many herbs are evergreen and some even bloom during the winter months. Most herbs are a companion plant of some sort –keeping food crops, roses, perennials and shrubs healthier just by being planted close to them. Many herbs are culinary and can also spice up our cooking. Crafting is another use for the herbs […]

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Garden Journaling… A Way To Remember, Re-Live and Reminisce

I was raised by my grandmother who was a great cook and gardener and was always jotting down –as she put it–“what she had learned that day”. She referred to those notes often-and swore that she would have been lost without them. She taught me a valuable lesson-and it has served me very well over my years as a gardener. Journaling is the ultimate gardening tool. A journal-based on your own trial and error gardening over the years- is the best book on gardening that you could possibly refer to. It is– as my grandmother said -a record of what […]

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Cinnamon and Honey Whoever thought?

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call ‘turning to sugar’. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will “crystallize”. When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. This will kill the enzymes in the honey. […]

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