Category: Organic Gardening

Urban Garden

Well, I was reading this article about “Urban Gardening” and thought I would share some of my thoughts. Urban gardening to me is gardening anywhere there is more people per acre than mature trees.   No Space, No Problem: Not everyone has a backyard, roof or balcony. To overcome this issue, start a container garden. [Continue]

Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena, also known as Aloysia triphylla, is generally known to be one of the most strongly scented and intense of the lemon scented plants. Although lemon verbena is native to South America, it has become an easily accessible plant in most countries. The perennial can stand 2-3 feet high and has small purplish-white flowers. [Continue]

Organic Gardening Glossary

Organic Gardening Glossary Wondering what a certain organic gardening term means? Find it here in the organic gardening glossary.   Aerobic composting Composting by means of bacteria which thrive in an oxygen rich environment. Generally, this type of composting doesnt stink. More at compost.   Anerobic composting Composting by means of bacteria which thrive in [Continue]

Texas Strawberries

I replanted my parents front flower bed because over time, the sun-loving plants that were there got shaded out.  It was full of lantana, pink skullcap, and mealy blue sage.  Watch the short video and see what I planted.     Both the Salvia coccinea and Ruellia are seed spitters and spread quickly.  I chose [Continue]

Why I Like the Idea of Growing Mushrooms

Growing mushrooms intrigues me.  I don’t know why.  I’m not a big mushroom fan.  I eat them, but don’t go out of my way to obtain or eat them.  I don’t hunt my own.   Growing Mushrooms Reason 1 I think what I like about the idea of growing mushrooms is that they are pretty [Continue]

Soil Simplified: Why You Should Care About the Soil Food Web

The Texas Transfarmers of Austin, Texas, recently had a meetup at Third Coast Horticulture Supplies.  At the meetup, Shawn Bishop, the owner, passed around this easy to understand essay on the importance of soil microbiology.  With his permission, Ive reproduced it here.   Soil Simplified: An Introduction to Your Gardens Microbial Life   Plants Relationship [Continue]

Backyard Aquaponics

Changing climate patterns are making backyard aquaponics look better and better.   Aquaponic systems require time and money to set up, but have very distinct advantages: Super low water usage Super low electricity usage Low maintance No watering, no irrigation systems Fish production as a by product Organic if not, it will kill the system [Continue]