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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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Garden Maintenance Schedule for February and March

*Apply  [Powdered] Corn Gluten Meal at 20 lbs per 1000 sq feet to your lawn and bed area (after it is cleaned up) to control broad leaf weeds—if this is a concern. ( This year you may have already done this) Always remember that  whatever else you are putting down ( soil, compost, mulch etc)–the corn gluten meal must be on top to work. FYI– never trim during rainy weather-it can cause disease in the cuts – trim on dry days — temperatures should be ok for you to be outside — so between 35 degrees  & up while you […]

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Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Garden

Hummingbirds provide a lot of theatre-type enjoyment to us, and since the beautiful Flame Acanthus in the picture  below is sitting just outside my office window, I have  a constant parade of delicate dancers swooping in and out for a drink. Hummingbird feeders work to attract them too and can be hung right outside a favorite window for  watching – I like the ones that have perches.  Many garden centers carry them and this website has some really good ones… http://www.backyardwildbirds.com/servlet/the-Hummingbird-Feeders/Categories  (do not add red  food coloring to the sugar water or buy  nectar that has it in it-it is […]

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Composting 101 – Lazy Compost

As simple as you can make it – is your best way.  Location—anywhere—but shade in Texas is best. Nitrogen Wet or Green Contents – green leaves-food scraps (veggies and fruit–coffee grounds,- egg shells, -green leaves) Carbon Dry or Brown Contents-dry leaves,-dry grass, if needed  for dry material – shredded newspaper Always cover wet / green with brown / dry and this will eliminate any common  complaints about compost-it will not smell and it will not  be yucky-or attract critters. Water Add once a week in shade—more often in sun—if you are getting fire ant problems—it is too dry- add water […]

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