Tag Archives: Soil improvement

Matters of the Heart

  Dear readers, I thought it might be a good idea to tell you what’s going on and why I haven’t posted since February. It’s a matter of the heart…literally.  After a routine checkup it was determined that I needed … Continue reading

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Beginning a Garden

The first step is to clear the soil of weeds. If it is covered with Bermuda grass, you have some work to do. Since Bermuda will not grow in the shade, you may kill the grass by covering it with … Continue reading

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The Poop on Chickenpoop

Keeping chickens is something every gardener should do.  In our case, we happen to love fresh eggs with deep orange yolks…yum!  But I have also confirmed the superior nature of their manure (which should always be composted before using in … Continue reading

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A Place to Garden

You live in a cozy house surrounded by lawn and a few trees. That’s nice. You are the typical homeowner. You water and fertilize the lawn so you can have the “privilege” of mowing it every week during the summer. … Continue reading

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Thanks Neighbors!

Here in West Texas (and similar climates) mulching is of paramount importance.  It feeds the soil and holds in moisture (especially vital in times of drought).  It is better for building your soil than compost since it slowly decomposes in … Continue reading

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What a Grind!

Number One and I finally tackled the pile of leaves, prunings, crop residues and newspapers that had grown alarmingly high.  It has been so hot that we planned to make an early start on the Fourth of July but no … Continue reading

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The Mulch Lesson

Mulch to a summer West Texas garden is as cool water to a fevered brow.  It is comfort in a time of stress.  It hath power to soothe the heat-savaged soil.  Actually, it is more than a mere comfort – … Continue reading

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Changes Coming

In the not-too-distant future, I plan to move my blog to another domain while retaining the WordPress platform.  That will also include a name change and this is where I need your help. The present name, “In the Charamon Garden,” … Continue reading

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Victim of the West Texas Wind

It was a hot West Texas windy Sunday.  By that I mean not your ordinary gusty breezes you find elsewhere.  At church, a lady nearly got blown off her feet by a sudden gust.  That’s probably why, in whatever direction … Continue reading

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The Cost of Composting

I read an article in one of the organic newsletters I get in the email talking about composting and how easy it was to do.  The first suggestion was to invest in a compost bin.  Well, you can if you … Continue reading

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