Gardening tips and more from the Statesman staff.
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The occasional rains and breaks in the heat encourage us all to spend some of our summer outdoors, and nothing makes the yard, patio or porch more inviting than flowers.
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Still not too late to plant colorful blooms
Maize which is more commonly known as corn, is one of the most ancient food crops in the world. Originally domesticated in Mesoamerica, the Olmec and Mayan cultures cultivated corn for its grain, which easily grew in different climates.
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Plant sweet corn for eating, making soup
In a typical year, June is too late for planting in Central Texas. The weather is already hot and dry and the best we can hope for is to keep already-planted things alive for a few more weeks.
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Unusual weather means more time for planting
When Dorsey Barger and partner Susan Hausmann first came across their East Austin property in 2009, it was piled with junk and contained three abandoned homes where drug users liked to hang out.
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Cool House Tour features sustainable HausBar Farms
September is a tricky month for gardeners, but a good time to plan your fall planting!
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Garden coaches help brown thumbs become green
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Before the current hot trend of farm-to-table really got going, Martha Cason started Garza Gardens at Garza Independence High School in 1999 as a way to teach kids about commerce and government in a hands-on way. The herbs grown at Garza are sold to area restaurants through Farm to Table.
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Some young urbanites are turning to agriculture as a new career, joining a new generation of younger farmers. Others are returning to farming roots that go back for generations.
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Using fish and pool-bound plants, three local farms are changing the way food is grown. (Photo by Ashley Landis)
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Aquaponics farms awash in promise – and, farmers hope, profits photo
Have you seen (or been gifted) a grow your own mushrooms kit? Our Addie Broyles tests out kits from Austin's 100th Monkey Mushroom Farm. Click through for more
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Back to the Roots is the best-known DIY mushroom kit company, but 100th Monkey Mushroom Farm is based in Austin, and their kits worked a little better for me.
Fredericksburg peaches are scarce in Austin grocery stores right now, because a trifecta of drought, late freeze and hail have decimated the Hill Country peach crop. Click through to read more:
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It’s peach season, but Austinites likely won’t be seeing any Fredericksburg peaches in grocery stores any time soon after a combination of freezing weather and hailstorms decimated more than 90 percent of the crop in Gillespie County.
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23 Food Sharing Projects That Are Disrupting Hunger
John VanDeusen Edwards, a founder of Food is Free, which helps build drought-tolerant gardens, says the group's garden boxes help 'people that don't have time, have failed at gardening or ... weren't interested before.'
Mr. Smarty Plants answers questions about mountain laurel, purple passionflower, gall wasps and name that tree