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Texas farmer devises three-pronged strategy to combat possible drought

By Marshall Hinsley

Dabble the least amount in gardening and your attitude about the weather changes. The word drought gets real. You no longer view endless days of sunshine as ideal. Rainfall stops being a nuisance. ...


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Texas farmer revives forgotten native tree with sweet little orchard

By Marshall Hinsley

Up the road about half a mile from where I live, there was a huge mulberry tree growing on an old home site, the property of the late Mr. Swanson whom I met as a child. His white, wooden home with ...


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Texas farmer ditches dirt to experiment with hydroponics

By Marshall Hinsley

I was in my greenhouse last December, preparing seedlings for the new year, when I made a discovery that changed everything I thought about plants and food production. Tucked behind some pots w ...


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Texas farmer takes next major step in journey of young seedlings

By Marshall Hinsley

The time comes for the next major step in the journey of my garden. Taking my cues from the native trees along the creeks that have started to bud, I know it is time to set my seedlings out in the ...


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The process of hardening off: Texas farmer readies transplants for spring planting

By Marshall Hinsley

From Austin to North Texas, the last frost for the season usually takes place by mid-March, which means it's safe to plant just about everything in the garden. But before planting the young see ...


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Texas farmer experiments with indoor-friendly bokashi composting

By Marshall Hinsley

I compost because I must. Like a shrewd, miserly old banker who spots a penny on the bank lobby floor, I look into the kitchen sink after a night's dinner and feel compelled to recover my treas ...


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Undeterred by previous failures, Texas farmer gives potatoes another shot

By Marshall Hinsley

Potatoes are an easy crop to grow if you know the secret. I do not know that secret. Every year I plant potatoes, and every year I would have been better off eating the seed potatoes rather than pl ...


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Texas farmer nurtures seedlings to create foundation for new garden

By Marshall Hinsley

The 2014 garden begins propitiously. Three days after I sowed my first seeds in starter trays, sprouts began to pop up: kale, broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, Swiss chard and mint. The summer cro ...


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Texas farmer reveals everything you need to know to grow the best onions

By Marshall Hinsley

Onions are an essential in any home cook's kitchen, and there's nothing like having a supply growing nearby. Fortunately, it's not hard to grow your own, if you have a sunny spot of gro ...


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Texas farmer's easy-to-grow, incredibly cheap sprouts add zest to winter harvest

By Marshall Hinsley

What's not to love about sprouts? They're delicious, nutritious and elevate a common sandwich to a gourmet indulgence. They're easy to grow and cost about a dime a week — much che ...


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