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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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Organic Insect & Disease Control

My philosophy is “ do no harm’. I teach you to rely on a well balanced organic program that includes depending on beneficial insects and companion planting to keep you garden free of all damage. If you feel that your garden is without a natural population of ladybugs and lace wings then I recommend that you release them. In most cases these are the only two that I feel it is necessary to release, if for some reason you do not have a good natural population. Organic Insect & Disease Control with Ladybugs When introducing ladybugs – Buy them at […]

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Growing Beautiful Organic Roses in Your Garden

Organic Roses Growing organic roses can be easy if you just plant them the right way in the right spot and understand a few things about how roses grow. Since I don’t know what you have been taught—let’s just start over and learn this simple way from scratch. Antique or Old roses are the best choice because they are the most disease resistant to start with. Of course as with almost anything-There are a few exceptions Here are things to consider when growing organic roses: *Roses need good drainage. *Most Roses need 6 hours of sun or more—but there are […]

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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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Organic Garden

Why Organic?

The difference between organic and chemical fertilizers The Words—against chemical fertilizer When you use chemical fertilizer you are throwing out a carrier (some kind of salt) with a chemical on it then you water this into the soil and a small amount (about 2%) is absorbed into the rhizosphere (the zone around the roots) the rest of the chemical continues to drain through the soil until it hits the water table. This is known as water pollution the #1 reason against using chemicals. (We need to drink water) Chemical fertilizers negatively impact the soil web by killing off portions of […]

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