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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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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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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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Companion Planting: Cool Season Crops

Companion Planting Cool season crops—the plants that draw benefit from each other are within 6 feet of each other. Thyme is planted by the strawberries to attract pollinators (bees) so we will have a lot of strawberries. Lettuce, beets, broccoli and carrots ( round French carrots are best in the ground here) make good friends and don’t share any of the same problems. Butter heads are so cute Leaf lettuce-cut and come again & tasty Radishes like being planted next to carrots and lettuce because they do not share any pests or diseases. Cilantro/ Coriander- repels aphids which are a […]

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