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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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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