Xeriscaping By Max Silvers

Xeriscaping is the gardening practice of creating a waterwise landscape.  Xeriscaping is more than a yard covered in rocks with a few succulents throughout.  A common misconception of xeriscaping is that your yard becomes a vast field of rocks with some cactus scattered around, but that couldn’t be more wrong. You can find and achieve…

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Shade and Understory Trees by Max Silvers

Central Texas is unique in many ways. It is sits right where the Southeast, Southwest, Great Plains, and Neotropics converge. The biodiversity here is something to behold, and the soil type and hardiness zone can change by the mile. The climate is just as unique; an unlikely transitional phase between humid subtropical and hot summer…

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Natural Pest Management By Max Silvers

To the gardener and farmer alike, pests are an unchanging problem, how we deal with them however does change, and should. We are on the tail-end of an era of not only ham-fisted, but downright destructive pest-management. While synthetic pesticide manufacturers continue to push their products on us with greenwashed marketing campaigns, there is at…

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Bonsai Care by Richard Martin

Bonsai Basics How exciting! You’ve got a Bonsai! There is nothing quite like owning a beautiful and unique Bonsai – but they require special care and attention to stay beautiful and I’m here to help you learn the basics. Everything you need to know to keep a thriving Bonsai is included but if you have…

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Worm Composting by Tom Sjoerdsma

“I’ve got Worms!” “I’ve got worms!” Worm farming (or vermiculture) has been in practice since the time of ancient Egyptians. They were among the first cultures to recognize the soil amending properties of earthworm castings. Under Cleopatra’s rule, removing earthworms from Egypt was considered a crime punishable by death. The importance of worms goes beyond…

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Lawn Care, by Stuart Davis

  Lawn Health 101 Be the other side- where the grass is always greener.   A healthy lawn no longer requires constant care and a degree in horticulture to achieve. Creating a solid game-plan ahead of time is the key to creating an almost self-maintaining lawn. Taking a holistic approach will save you time and…

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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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