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Using Natural Materials: Straw In The Garden

by Texas Homesteader ~

I like to use natural materials in my garden. Things such as straw, wood chips Dry Leaves or even grass mulch after RancherMan mows the lawn and bags the cut grass. (be sure to let that freshly-cut grass cure a bit before adding it close to your plants or it could burn them)

For instance, I have a grapevine that I’ve surrounded with three bales of straw. That straw serves a dual purpose. Its initial purpose is to protect my garden from encroaching bermuda grass.

Using Straw in the vegetable garden to preserve moisture. AND reduce weeds! Come see how a bale of straw does double duty. Nothing's wasted. #TexasHomesteader

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Thriving Plants When You Live In The Botanical ‘Hole Of Death’

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I jokingly refer to our yard as the ‘Botanical Hole of Death’ since I struggle to get things to live in the ground right around our home. 

Oh don’t get me wrong the land here is productive, lush and green. But apparently we built our home right in the middle of the Botanical Hole of Death. But I’ve found scrappy plants that thrive even in our yard!

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How To Keep Your Trees Watered During A Drought

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

How can we save our newly-planted tree during yet another drought? Ugh. RancherMan & I often do some light traveling during the summer months. 

We had  a road trip planned & we’d be away from the homestead for almost two weeks. I’m worried about the small pear tree RancherMan bought me this past spring. How and I going to keep it alive in my absence with this weather?
After I planted my small tree our area once again slipped into a drought. See what we did to easily keep my tree watered during the drought. #TexasHomesteader
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