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Minus Lawn Equals Plus

Thursday, April 4th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, annuals, bees, birds, books, bulbs, compost, early spring flowers, fertilizing, garden bloggers, garden designers, garden structure, keyhole gardens, lawn replace, master gardeners, native plants, organic fertilizers, perennials, poppies, roses, vegetables, wildlife | 10 Comments »

My knee can tell you how much grass I’ve dug up over time! My shovel moans, too, if we count the holes we’ve dug to fill the blanks. Actually, one shovel committed suicide. The pain is worth the gain, like ...

Drought disasters to avoid

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, Techniques, butterflies, deer, drought, garden design, garden designers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 15 Comments »

Drought doesn’t scare me to pieces. My plants have been through it all and always come back for more. Yes, I do water some, but not outrageously. I avoid thirsty ones and go for those that can take our brutal ...

Mushrooms: Your Garden’s Best Friend

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 Posted in Agave celsii, books, garden design, garden structure, habitat, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, pruning, shade plants, trees, wildlife, winter color | 4 Comments »

Remember last spring and fall when mushrooms appeared like magic? I always get a few, but last year, many mornings were absolute wonderland! Some gardeners fear that mushrooms mean something really evil. Actually, it’s just the opposite! Tom meets with Ashley McKenzie ...

Words That Make a Gardener

Monday, November 19th, 2012 Posted in Techniques, bees, compost, drought, lawn replace, perennials, roses, round table, vegetables, wildlife | 10 Comments »

What makes up a gardener’s vocabulary?  We’ll just skip over the ones unfit for a family blog! I’ll start with Endurance, since that defines most of us after a Texas summer. Change. If that one’s missing, I suspect it’s a painting, ...