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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 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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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 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 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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Texas farmer calculates one of the best reasons of all to have a garden

By Marshall Hinsley

As June arrives, so does my harvest. Tassels stream forth like green rays from the top of corn stalks. I peer under the leaves of my squash plants and find fat, pale green scallop sq ...


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Texas farmer improves amenities for wildlife friends with natural housing

By Marshall Hinsley

My appreciation for wildlife deepened after I witnessed how my crops thrived last year because of the meticulous pest control services provided by a family of skunks. A few hours before sunset, the ...


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Volunteer plants help Texas farmer overcome personal obstacle

By Marshall Hinsley

True sustainability in my farming experiment is a mirage, always on the distant horizon. But I still pursue it, recognizing that the accumulated momentum of my pursuit might help get me through wha ...


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