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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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The Rain Arrives!

After the worst dry spell in memory, the rains have finally arrived…big time! It has been raining non-stop for hours and doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. The prayers of many have been answered with good steady precipitation. This … 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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From the Semi-Desert

One can hardly call my area of West Texas a “desert” in the truest sense of the word.  I would have to say that we move in and out of that category depending on rainfall.  As of this writing, we … Continue reading

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Water Worries

I worry about water.  So far, my well has not gone dry but we are having a record drought and water tables are falling.  The neighbors all around me have wells in the same aquifer and too many of them … 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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100 Degrees and All’s Well

As I walked outside this afternoon to change the water from one bed to another, I was reminded of the times I have sat in saunas.  No breeze, just hot.  In some countries, it is actually part of their culture … Continue reading

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There’s Still Time, Brother!

There is still time to plant some of the summer vegetables such as tomatoes, squash (summer and winter) and southern peas.  I suggest covering your seeds with a mixture of compost and sand to ease their entrance into the world.  … 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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Rule No. 1: Don’t Overwater

I want to be honest with you hardworking tillers of the soil who honor me by reading this blog. Since my goal is to be as helpful as possible, I want to give you the benefit of my mistakes as … Continue reading

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