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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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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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