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One tree down but the other tree survived.

Trees like to have an incredible amount of root space. The Sycamore trees in the front yard of our home in Dallas were both planted about a week apart, and grew about the same height but one day, about 9 years ago, lightening struck one of the trees, and
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Posted by on October 18, 2019

One tree down but the other tree survived.

Trees like to have an incredible amount of root space. The Sycamore trees in the front yard of our home in Dallas were both planted about a week apart, and grew about the same height but one day, about 9 years ago, lightening struck one of the trees, and
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Posted by on October 18, 2019

Our Garden Eggplant

Well I'm not able to grow much these days, so my wife and especially my son have taken it up. This year they planted peppers (OK), tomatoes (the usual flop, against my better advice), white squash (great), yellow crookneck squash (fine), cucumbers (surpris
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Posted by on September 4, 2019

Tomatoes grow better with rain water.

If you grow any number of garden vegetables, even if it's just a few plants that you like to see growing from seed or a small baby plant, you need to realize how important it is to keep them watered well. Rainwater can be stored and kept enclosed to prev
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Posted by on June 26, 2019

Grackels like my backyard garden more than ever.

I know my backyard veggie garden is doing better this spring than last spring. Because I see more butterflies, bees and birds this spring. I started planting seeds from vegetables and fruit I bought from the market, to see if these seeds would grow. I w
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Posted by on May 30, 2019

Transplanting an oak tree is sometimes a challenge

I found a tiny oak tree that was smack dab in the middle of my flower bed. I had to dig it up so I could make room for some sweet potatoes. It was easy but after I placed that tiny oak tree in a pot of dirt, it had a bad case of transplant shock. this is
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Posted by on April 13, 2019

Springtime in 2019 will Come sooner than Expected for Dallas Greenthumbs

Gardening is right around the corner. Spring will be here by mid March and today for some reason, I guess it's global climate change, or just Mother Nature at work, but the temperature of our home rose to around 76.5 degrees and had the heater on earlier
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Posted by on February 23, 2019

Romancing the African Violet

A newly discovered friend learned I have a measure of expertise in cultivating (and enjoying!) African Violets. In fact, I've grown hundreds of them. So my friend wanted to know about her violets. On talking with her, I learned she suffers from "all of th
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Posted by on February 4, 2019

Can You Identify This Flower / Weed?

My wife and I are past the age where we want a large garden -- or rather -- where we can maintain a large garden. My daughter planted a few zinnias once. Talk about thrive! Those things have taken over the universe. But they are lovely, aren't they? Well
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Posted by on August 25, 2018

Taking cuttings from shrubs and transplanting them into new pots of dirt might just work or not!

The thing is, I was asked to lop off the tops of the high shrubs that run along the front room window. So, I figured, after lopping off a considerable amount and allowing a full view outside from the window, I took only one of those tops and poked
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Posted by on August 3, 2018

One of My Favorite Trees: the Baobab Tree

There are many handsome --beautiful-- plants and animals in creation. Some are geometrically stunning. Proportioned perfectly. Others seem weird. Yet in their weirdness, there is a majestic quality not found in human substitutes. For me, it's the Baobab t
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Posted by on May 31, 2018