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Herbs: An Overview

When thinking of gardening, cooking, eating healthy, one cannot get away from the beauty and necessity of herbs.  Regardless of your goal- to grow healthy food for you and your family, to attract butterflies, to make your gardens beautiful or to simply delight your senses- herbs fit the bill. For the most part, herbs are… Continue reading Herbs: An Overview

Galveston Gardens, Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Choosing and Planting Fruit Trees

Fall is prime time for planting trees, shrubs, & roses.  The heat of summer has passed and the cooler weather stimulates root growth.  This root growth gives the plants a great start to the growing system and provides them with a buffer to withstand a Texas summer. Any type of tree, not just fruit trees,… Continue reading Choosing and Planting Fruit Trees

Galveston Gardens, Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Foundation Plantings For Shade

For those of us with shady yards, gardening can be frustrating.  For years I beat my head against a wall planting things that might make it.  After I grew up and stopped trying to force the gardens to look like I thought they should and let the conditions dictate what should be planted, I found that… Continue reading Foundation Plantings For Shade

All Year Round, For The Kitchen, For The Medicine Cabinet, Galveston Gardens, Homesteading, Organic Gardening

5 Reasons Rosemary Should Grow In Your Garden

"What's your favorite herb?" This is probably the question I am asked most often.  I couldn't pick a favorite herb- possibly a Top 10 list, but never a favorite. Rosemary is an herb that would ALWAYS be on this list and very likely in the #1 spot.  The reasons are many- from ease of growing… Continue reading 5 Reasons Rosemary Should Grow In Your Garden

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There’s A Fungus Among Us

There's a fungus among us and I don't mean mushrooms. If you have attempted to grow any sort of vegetation for any amount of time, you have probably dealt with an unfriendly fungus.  While a great many varieties of fungus are essential to plant life and a great many others are neither good or bad,… Continue reading There’s A Fungus Among Us

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Feeding Your Soil- 101

“Regard your soil as the living, breathing entity it is- to be nurtured, fed and sustained.” – Peter Fossel   Soil is the Soul of your Garden! It doesn’t matter what you plant or where you bought your plants or seeds, if your soil isn’t healthy- you will not be successful.  Soil may not be… Continue reading Feeding Your Soil- 101

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What A Farmgirl’s Night Out Looks Like

But, the problem you see, is that once you have had the experience of seeing goats born in the middle of the night, or had the pleasure of a bottle calf thrive as you care for them, or tasted the meat and eggs from animals raised with love and good food- you just can't forget it or leave it.

Homesteading

The Winter Solstice

It's been awhile since I was here typing up a new post.  2015 was a year of great changes and new territory and I didn't blog for a few months as I have been trying to keep up.  But here we are with the year drawing to a close and what a great year it… Continue reading The Winter Solstice

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Lettuce Get Planting! How To Grow Lettuce In Texas

Lettuce, Herbs, Green Onions, and Radishes- great fall crops This post in from the archives- and oldie but a goodie! There are some nasty rumors going around about lettuce.  I hear that it is really hard to grow with lots of insect problems.  It has also been said that lettuce grown in Texas tastes bitter… Continue reading Lettuce Get Planting! How To Grow Lettuce In Texas