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Texas farmer finds hungry allies to combat army of June bugs

By Marshall Hinsley

On a warm night under a bright moon in April, I set out to find my cat, Maggie, who was missing from the yard. Her mates from the same litter were already indoors for the night, but she was hiding ...


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Crazy worm outbreak invades North Texas trees

By Marshall Hinsley

If you follow gardening pages online, you've probably seen photos posted this week by perplexed homeowners showing armies of caterpillars swarming tree trunks across North Texas. ...


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Texas farmer scraps unsustainable practice to save precious soil

By Marshall Hinsley

Hummingbirds have returned from their winter stay across the border, attracted by native Texas coral honeysuckle that began blooming just a few days before their arrival. Bluebonnets, Indian paintb ...


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Texas farmer salutes seaweed for its mysterious, magical benefits

By Marshall Hinsley

If I look to the native trees for confirmation of when it's safe to plant my garden without fear of a late frost, I get a mixed message. Cedar elms on the land I farm have budded and are puttin ...


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Drought-relieving rain puts Texas gardens back on track in more ways than one

By Marshall Hinsley

Aside from carrots, I've planted nothing outdoors so far: no cucumbers, beets, Swiss chard or anything else I'd normally have sown by now. Snow in early March and steady rain since has made ...


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Common flower turns in surprise MVP performance on Texas farm

By Marshall Hinsley

Everyone knows a sunflower when they see one. They're even more recognizable than bluebonnets. Blooming throughout summer and into the fall, sunflowers are a beautiful sight, especially when th ...


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Texas farmer discovers simple test to ensure seeds are still good to plant

By Marshall Hinsley

Every day when I check my social media accounts, I see pictures of vigorous and sturdy seedlings started early last January by seasoned growers and first-time newbies who wanted to get a jump ...


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Frost-bitten Texas farmer adopts new timetable to sow seeds

By Marshall Hinsley

Snow covering the landscape at the end of February brought a scenic end to last year's lingering crickets and other insects. Winter precipitation and frigid temperatures purge the landscape of ...


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Farmer's guide to seed: Where to store it, when to sow it and when to throw it away

By Marshall Hinsley

After experiencing a low turnout of plants started from seeds in my greenhouse this year, I decided it was time to go through the packets I've hoarded over the last several years and sort ...


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Texas farmer admits his 4 worst mistakes so far and how to avoid them

By Marshall Hinsley

Halfway through February, the only thing growing in my greenhouse is proof of my incompetence as a farmer. Six weeks ago, I started the 2015 growing season by sowing seeds in small trays of growing ...


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