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For Your Garden In July

Everyone is complaining about how hot and dry it is-but let’s face it – it is July and we are in Texas- and it will only get hotter ( and most likely drier) for the next two months . As gardening addicts (we know who we are) we can feel as stressed –as parts of our landscape in this heat and drought look sometimes-so I hope that this newsletter gives you and your garden some relief. Here is the plan—I am going to make you a schedule that will help both you and your garden look and feel better! Knowing […]

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Making it pretty in the Shade

Many of you have mostly shade with only a few spots that get some sun during the day. Doing a study of the sun so that you know where these spots are –and what time of day they occur is very important– so that you can target those few precious hours of sun and use them to their fullest potential –and also to make sure that you don’t put plants in those spots that wouldn’t like even a few hours of sun. (If you don’t already know it –the right amount of sun or shade is one of the most […]

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Growing Great Tomatoes 2013

By Lucy Harrell T.C.N.P. A Specialist On Demanding Environments My Grandmother taught me more then anyone about successful gardening and every time I pass her information along it makes me smile. Since her time we have had many new products appear that I have tested and like also—but it always goes back to her sage advise and her basic principles. First of all your gardens should be a pleasure –not a pressure—-You are the boss and with just a little up front troubleshooting you can rule supreme! Always remember that it is easier to prevent a problem then it is […]

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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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