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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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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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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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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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Fairy Gardens – Bringing Whimsy to Your Texas Garden

The Fairy Garden I grew up in Fort Worth playing in my grandmother’s large garden and listening to her stories about fairies and other garden sprites that, according to her, shared our tranquil space. Fairy gardens was something that I started thinking about again when we were lucky enough to have my granddaughter Taylor ( 3 months old then ) come to us for day care. I had been given several of the lovely little books written and illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker about her life long fascination with garden fairies. The books are filled with a poem about each […]

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