Shrew and Snail

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March 2009

Gardening

Zilker Garden Festival 2009

It was a beautiful spring day and I spent it all in the garden!  It was a cold and windy morning, but it warmed up quickly.  I spent the morning at the Green Corn Project Dig-In, then headed to the Zilker Garden Festival.  My crowd phobia has kept me from attending this event until this year.   ...

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Watering with ollas

Has anyone used ollas in Austin?  I read about them at Heart of Light and they sound like they might work here, and even keep our veggies alive through summer.  The City of Austin Water Utility newsletter had an article on ollas a couple of years ago, too.  Of course, a soaker hose may be a  ...

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Is it Bloom Day yet?

Because for once I think my garden might have something to show for it.  More to come Sunday on that, hopefully– the Ides of March!  A preview, the four-nerve daisy in the new bed seems happy: The last I checked my rain gauge, 2.1 inches had fallen since Wednesday. This is cause for  ...

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Garden variety

The winter garden was good this year.  We had success with Royal Chantenay carrots, black-seeded Simpson and oak leaf lettuces, rainbow chard, and to a lesser degree the Cherry Belle radishes.  The beets are going gangbusters. I really like beets and beet greens, so I’m looking forward to  ...

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FINALLY

I’m a procrastinator, what can I say. BUT the photos should be rolling in soon, now that I have a working connection from camera to computer.  This week I went to Corpus Christi for a work trip; the first evening, we arrived in time to visit the beach before it got dark.  The ladybugs  ...

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