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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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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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