A couple of my favorite springtime edible weeds

April/May 2016

The garden is teeming with new growth thanks to recent rains and a generous handful of warm, sunny days. That has meant a lot more weeding for many of us, but I’m not complaining.

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(Late) Column: March gardening in Texas

I know it’s a little late for March gardening information, but I wanted to go ahead and publish this and have it saved on the website. It is from my column for The Journey Street Newspaper, and it wasn’t able to go to print in time. So, I wrote a different piece for the April/May issue, which I will post soon.

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Farming the Sprawl Column

At the beginning of the year, I started writing a column for The Journey Street Newspaper in Fort Worth. I’ve been meaning to post a link to the articles but time flies.

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Hugelkultur for the home garden

You may have heard of the permaculture practice called hugelkultur. The internet is filled with lots of great resources explaining the practice, but the jist is this: a hugelkulture is a raised bed that will help build your soil, create more surface area for you to grow things, and utilize a whole bunch of logs that your husband found on the side of the road and couldn’t resist bringing home.

We have a tricky space where the bottom of a steep hill meets our deck. The area is inside the fenced in part of our yard where our chickens roam (and destroy almost everything green). They haven’t seemed to bother cacti, yuccas or agave plants. And they don’t seem to bother mature rose bushes and tall grasses.

So, I decided to haul most of the logs my husband found (that were too big for the fireplace or fit pit without a bunch of chainsaw work) to this space and create a hugelkultur for the purpose of starting a succulent and drought tolerant plant bed. See the steps below for how I put it together.

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