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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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17 crops to plant in Texas right now to ensure a bountiful vegetable garden

By Marshall Hinsley

By mid-February, there's no mistaking that spring is only four weeks away. I spend all winter holding out for warmer weather, so I welcome the subtle reddish hue of the sunlight and the slightl ...


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Texas farmer succumbs to technology temptation and saves treasured trees

By Marshall Hinsley

I embrace innovation in almost every way. When I need a new car, I plan to buy an electric one. My entertainment is streamed over the fastest Internet connection I can get. I didn't think twice ...


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Texas farmer welcomes invasion of epic Hitchcockian proportions

By Marshall Hinsley

The morning of my home invasion in late December was cool but bright and sunny, with a haze that the sunshine hadn't completely dissipated. The air was still and quiet outdoors. Inside and ...


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Texas farmer sets sights on vegetables that promote healthy vision

By Marshall Hinsley

Ever since my retina detached last December and I underwent a vitrectomy, I've been focusing on how to better take care of my eyes. My first reaction to my condition was to examine my diet. But ...


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Texas farmer checks off crucial wintertime tasks to ensure harvest success

By Marshall Hinsley

Although cold winter days and freezing precipitation may be in the weather forecast, the Texas-based urban farmer begins each year's growing season by mid-January. Just as bluebonnets have alre ...


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Texas farmer recommends 5 books every gardening enthusiast must read

By Marshall Hinsley

When I look back to seven years ago, when I decided to opt out of industrial agriculture and grow as much of my own food as I could, I'm impressed by how little I knew about farming. Still, my ...


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Texas farmer makes his New Year's resolutions for 2015

By Marshall Hinsley

Sooner or later, we all have years we can't wait to put behind us. For me, 2014 has been wrought with challenges, not the least of which was a retinal tear in April followed by months of uncert ...


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