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Texas farmer offers second round of staple crop seeds for 2015 urban garden

By Marshall Hinsley

Long before planting season begins in March, you need to get busy on the crucial task for your urban garden: selecting your seeds. Last week, we listed sources for rare seeds that are at risk of fa ...


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Texas farmer offers list of essential seeds to buy for 2015 garden

By Marshall Hinsley

In December, the idea of next year's garden seems so far away. But that's misleading. Working backward: By early March we should be setting out starter plants, and those need eight wee ...


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5 holiday gift ideas to please an urban farmer

By Marshall Hinsley

Good news for those with urban farmers on their Christmas shopping lists: We're an easy bunch to please. You can put urban farmers into two categories: the obsessed gardener or the so ...


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Texas farmer masters cuttings as creative alternative to seeds

By Marshall Hinsley

Still a novice at growing things, I feel that any new skill I learn is a huge step forward. Most recently added to my bag of tricks is the ability to do root cuttings, which allows me to propagate ...


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Texas farmer says to hell with freeze and rekindles romance with hydroponics

By Marshall Hinsley

Now entering my eighth year of trying to grow my own food sustainably, I think I'll focus my efforts on a better approach to food production that will free me from the things that make me hate ...


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Texas farmer takes steps to prepare for Arctic blast

By Marshall Hinsley

The forecast of a potential Arctic blast headed for Texas this week calls for a decision: let frost take its course, or cover warm-season crops in hopes of extending their yields for another month. ...


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Texas farmer rethinks the merits of pesticides

By Marshall Hinsley

By no means have I been a big user of pesticides. And when I did resort to a bottle of insect killer, I always used something approved for organic food production, such as neem oil, pyrethrin or&nb ...


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Texas farmer harvests the power of coconuts to remedy poor soil

By Marshall Hinsley

One of the best ways to grow crops is in a raised bed garden, because you can create your own nearly perfect growing environment. You can add amendments to the native soil that correct its deficien ...


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Texas farmer plows all his efforts into saving monarch butterflies

By Marshall Hinsley

When I was child back in the early '80s, monarch butterflies were so numerous south of Waxahachie during their annual fall migration that they seemed like the common, ordinary butterfly. With a ...


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Texas farmer shares list of essential products for successful organic garden

By Marshall Hinsley

If not for my garden failure of 2011, when most of Texas was gripped by a record-breaking heat wave, this year's garden would have been my worst yet. Several setbacks left me overextended ...


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