Winterize! – A Guide to Keeping Your Garden Equipment Healthy

With fall approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how to winterize those gasoline-powered tools and your hand tools that you have been using all summer in your garden and landscape.  Here are a few tips to get that equipment ready for next spring. Winterize your Garden Equipment- Putting Them to Bed for the Winter Gasoline-powered equipment comes in…

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Grub Worms in The Garden – Are They a Problem?

Grub Worms. You find them in the garden, in your lawn, almost anywhere that there are a few inches of soil.  White or grayish, these little creatures can be anywhere from ½ inch in length to some that are as big as your little finger.  What are they?  Are they bad?   Are they dangerous?  Should I do anything about…

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Fall Planting Guide for West Texas

Fall Planting Guide Fall planting time is here and many of you are asking for help or a guide to planting a late-season or fall garden.  We have never done a Fall Planting Guide, so we decided maybe it was time we did.  This short guide does not contain any variety of recommendations.  Check on our forum in the…

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Seed Saving – Making a Difference in Diversity

Saving seed is becoming more and more popular among gardeners of all kinds.  If you are like many of us, you see your favorite plants putting on seeds, and the thought comes to mind that there are next year’s planting hanging on the plant for no cost.  Sometimes, the realization comes too late, but often, the seeds for your…

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Buyer Beware!

I had to sit down and write this while the thoughts and emotions are hot on my mind.  I think it is evident from a lot of my posts and the content on our website, my feeling about the importance of the local food network.  I always encourage everyone to support local growers so that these growers can continue…

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The Added Bonus – UPDATE

Earlier I wrote about the added bonus our garden brought this year a pair of mocking birds nesting in one of our apple trees. The nest is at just the right height that I can use a small step ladder to get a good view into the nest. The Bonuses Continue When we first discovered the nest, we found…

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White Cabbage Butterfly

You have heard me talk enough about attracting pollinators to your garden to know that I am a fan of most of the flying creatures that visit my garden.  I love the small wasps, especially the ones that prey on less beneficial insects.  My garden welcomes bees of all sizes and varieties.  I even keep butterfly-attracting plants in my…

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Bermuda Grass Control

The question of the day is, “How do I control bermudagrass.“ The situation was a rather large market garden in which numbers of volunteers are often at work.  The question came a bit sideways in the form of “do you think it is too windy to spray Roundup.” Of course, I physically cringed at the mention of Roundup.  The…

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The Added Bonuses

Every spring when the garden and landscape start to come alive, I always find an added bonus that makes this time of year even more special. Sometimes these bonuses keep giving throughout the weeks or even months as new and unexpected surprises play out. The Apple Tree Bonus I was sitting on our patio, enjoying the warm sunny afternoon…

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Composting – A Different Point of View

I have a very different view of composting. I talk a lot about composting and using homegrown compost in a variety of ways in your garden. Every time I mention composting I get a lot of questions about the whole topic. Understanding One word about this. Some of my thoughts on compost and composting will run counter to a…

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