lawn care, mulch, organic, sustainable, Uncategorized

Rake Those Leaves, or Leaf It Alone?

It's beginning to look a lot like.....well, like AUTUMN here in South Texas.  But, I don't dread leaves on the ground anymore. Winter officially begins today, December 21st, even if my sister in Denver begs to differ.  Storms here sent leaves scurrying, as per schedule this week.  So, what should be done about that?  (The… Continue reading Rake Those Leaves, or Leaf It Alone?

heirloom plants, tomato, Uncategorized

Passing on the tradition: HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

 "There's a freeze coming.  What do I do?" I love hearing from my girls, but I'm really excited when they ask for my advice, although it's often shared even when not requested.  Both of my daughters have inherited the gardening gene passed down from my dad, so when the youngest called a couple of days ago,… Continue reading Passing on the tradition: HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

native plants, organic, organic pest control, pests, Uncategorized, wildlife gardening

“I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes…”

"Any natural organic way to keep snakes out of the yard? I am not opposed to killing them, but would rather annoy them so much they go off and bother someone else.  Thinking specifically copperheads and garden snakes." This year's record drought in some areas of the country and record rains in others are bringing… Continue reading “I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes…”

garden art, native plants, plant care, plant selection, plant support, Uncategorized

Vines to Cover a Multitude of Sins (Part 2)

This post's title should really be "IDEAS to cover a multitude of sins...." in the landscape, anyway.  Vines can be great cover-ups for an old fence, but one of the SINS of an old fence is that it is OLD! Old does not always infer decrepid and unstable (and remember: we ARE talking FENCES here),… Continue reading Vines to Cover a Multitude of Sins (Part 2)

native plants, plant selection, Uncategorized

Vines to Cover a Multitude of Sins (Part 1)

Our old wooden fence is in full sun and about 6' tall, but ugly so I'd like to cover it.  I'm afraid wisteria would be too heavy and tear the whole fence down.  What are some other vines to use? Jo, Oklahoma A wooden fence covered with any vine could spell disaster.  Let's look at some… Continue reading Vines to Cover a Multitude of Sins (Part 1)