Archive for the ‘Techniques’ Category

Excuse me, what season is this?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 Posted in Techniques, Tools, annuals, books, butterflies, children, early spring flowers, garden tools, indoor water catchment, pruning, rain water collection, roses, winter color | 7 Comments »

Okay, we’ve seen crazy winters before, but this really takes the cake: on the way to work, I spotted this Mexican tithonia blooming against stems blackened by freeze. This annual is usually toast long before now. But thanks to this weirdo ...

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 ...

Pruning prep + Fruit trees + Rooftop gardens

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 Posted in Late spring flowers, Techniques, Texas A&M, fruit trees, garden design, garden designers, native plants, perennials, plant propagation, pruning, recipes, rooftop gardens | 2 Comments »

Christmas lights are down, but my shrimp plants glow like holiday lights all day! That brings up the top question right now: when do we clean up and cut back? Well, I’m not cutting back that beauty just yet. I’ll take ...

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, ...