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Christmas Tree: When do you put yours up?
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My family is going to start the day after Thanksgiving.  What about you?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW Nov 24, 2014.

Oak Tree Lightning Strike Repair - Next Step?
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 Sprayed this lightning strike wound earlier this year on this live oak. More than half the tree is gone at the deepest point.The tree is now very healthy but I am concerned the tree with lose its…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Tx Zone 9 Nov 23, 2014.

Conserving Water - What's Your Plan?
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Water is going to become more expensive over time.  What do you do to conserve water in your garden? Do you have a plan when you plant? Do you capture water? Use rotating techniques?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia Nov 16, 2014.

Tomatoes - Your Best Advice?
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I know you can talk about tomatoes forever. Would love to hear the best advice from someone who has done it. I I am just learning about growing them.  I know it is not easy.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia Dec 2, 2014.

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Ground Hog Day - Spring Around the Corner

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 9:48pm 0 Comments

Ground Hog day. Spring is close and I can feel it coming on. What to do? Remain calm I have 6 more weeks.  

I am starting to look at some of my beds that need mulch and wondering what my first move will be.  I have a utility trailer and the transfer station sells it really cheap. (5.00 a front end load). So between now and the next couple of weeks I am planning on getting really dirty one day.

September Birds

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 8:47am 0 Comments

Each year the hummingbirds come to South Texas in September. It is a beautiful thing and each time I see them I get excited.  Love my birds!…

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Should the tree stay or go?

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

I am really stuck with this tree.  It is a beautiful tree, but it is really close the house and hangs over also.  Should I take it out or trim it back?  These trees live to be 1000 plus years old.  I am also thinking about trimming it and letting it go.....too much beauty, but it will hurt my foundation.  Help me decide...please.…

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Blooming Agave

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 10:00am 4 Comments

I have heard that after an agave plant blooms that they then die. Wondering if anyone knows if this is true with all agave plants? If so how long does it take for them to die. Can you do anything to help them to keep going?

Garden Journal - October 2010

Posted on October 26, 2010 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

Not sure if is too late but I put liquid fertilizer (lady bug brand called John's Recipe on everything other than grass. I also planted two duranta, two cape honeysuckle and a blue daze. Things are growing here in South Texas for sure and I figure now is as good a time as any for planting. Wish I had done it sooner. As far as how it is going to work out with the…

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At 3:26pm on September 15, 2011, KJ St Pierre gave John Tx Zone 9 a gift
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Hi John!  Sorry I've been offline job-hunting and responded so late to the friend request.  I am so in love with your tree pictures and can't get over how incredible they are!  Look forward to more! 
At 6:47am on January 21, 2011, MJ Seibert, Zone 5 gave John Tx Zone 9 a gift
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Welcome to the Index.
At 10:58pm on January 18, 2011, Gylma Norman gave John Tx Zone 9 a gift
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Because You Showed Me the MOST Beautiful old tree I have ever seen.Gylma
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Hey Mitch, just looked at and thoroughly enjoyed your photos. The tree photos are fascinating! Thanks for sharing.
 
 
 

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