Composting Part 3: What’s a Good Bin Design? By Tom Sjoerdsma

If you Google “compost bins” you find that there are many options to choose from. Settling on a design can be very confusing with many of the options not being gardener friendly. Hopefully this blog will save you some frustration. I have “bin” composting with various styles for 35 years and have settled on a…

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Composting Part 2: How Does Compost Work? By Tom Sjoerdsma

In nature, composting happens naturally with no help from us. When explained, the process sounds complicated, but in the end, it’s pretty simple considering time and microorganisms do most the work. A healthy compost bin is just a pile of two material categories that mix together with water & air. After a while, you’ll find…

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Here’s Kelp for Growing Great Plants! By Tom Sjoerdsma

Have you ever tried liquid seaweed when transplanting your garden or landscape plants? Long ago gardeners who lived along ocean fronts learned the wonderful benefits of using seaweed as a go-to, must-have organic chicken soup for plants. Seaweed is a natural growth hormone that destresses plants and allows them to adapt better to their new…

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Windows & Winter Gardens By Connie Cordova-Arcinue

Cooler weather is upon us. Red winter berries emerge with the changing foliage colors. Once visible, these berries reign supreme over leaves, flowers, and grasses that dominate the landscape most of the year. Deciduous trees, gnarly and graceful alike, show off their trunks and limbs as leaves fall to the ground. Hardy evergreens stand guard,…

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Oak Wilt in Central Texas: Caring For Our Oak Trees

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              Oak wilt is a disease that has been bringing down oak motts around the hill country for a few years now, reducing them to skeletons of their former selves…and it’s potentially fatal to some of species in the Oak family. This is a serious threat to oak trees…

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Greener Pastures: How to Solve 3 Common Lawn Problems

                Ah the lawn….the feel of the soft lush leaves between your toes on a warm day is the best, and what with it being the dog days of summer I figure I can let you in on some of the info I’ve picked up about lawns since so many of us are trying to…

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Handling Drought Conditions in Texas

Believe it or not, a good chunk of Texas counties are still under drought conditions as of this writing, though not as severe as it was a few years back; take a look at this website and it’ll help paint a picture. Water is a precious commodity and will only become more valuable with time,…

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The Life Cycle of the Fantastic Flowering Agave

I’ve noticed a number of flowering agave blooming around town, and it has me thinking about monocarpic plants. ‘What a fascinatingly weird word, what is it and what does it mean?’, you’re no doubt asking yourself. Well…lets delve a little deeper into it and talk some botany and plant life cycles! All plants, like every…

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The War on Mosquitos

Mosquito War is Serious Mosquitos suck, pun intended; they bite too…well at least the females, the male mosquito lives off of nectar. With all the rain recently there has been a steady influx of the little vampires, so I figured let’s review some of the products utilized to repel or deter the buggers. These will…

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