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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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Watering Can in Garden

The Guide to Proper Watering

Watering Test This test is for overhead systems only— not drip irrigation, soaker hoses, etc-for those systems you  will need to water and then check and see if you have actually gotten the soil wet down to 6 inches in the ground. For Overhead (traditional systems) You will need—10 small cans-or like- with an inch marked inside with a marker – be sure it is easy to see [cat food cans-tuna cans–anything ] A bundle of landscape flags [ optional if you want to  write on them and mark  dry or wet spots for the sprinkler guy)]—they are wires with […]

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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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