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8/30/11 11:39 A

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You might also check with neighbors and co-workers to see what grows well in your area. Some things that are hardy would be a good place to start. And of course pick some of your favorites! Good luck with your experimenting.

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8/30/11 12:02 A

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Sandy, newspaper is great to use, but don't use colored advertisements. I have St Augustine grass and I can't keep it from creeping back into my gardens. It creeps in from the sides. Raised beds are great, you can get better drainage. I don't know if Austin has the same clay that we have in Dallas or not. Last February, we were iced in. We've had an extended drought, as well. Come February, we'll be wishing for some of this heat, just as we are currently wishing for some of that ice. This is one of those uncommon summers. I've been here for the worst ones, 1980, 1998 and 2011.
I'll be happy when it's cool enough to grow some cool weather vegetables.

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8/29/11 9:22 A

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So ... you mean it does cool off?! emoticon

Actually I was here last February for a short visit and it was beautiful. I'm anxious to start on my garden but I know its way too hot still. I'm barely able to keep my trees from shriveling up. I'm thinking I should start with a small raised bed garden and grow some greens and roots like onions and beets. A friend was telling me to lay down some newspaper first to kill the grass and weeds. Is that a good thing to do?

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8/28/11 10:03 P

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Yes, Sandy, in Texas the humidity will kill you. So much of my garden is on it's last legs. I'm hoping to get some Fall tomatoes and I want to plant some cool weather vegetables if it ever cools off.

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8/27/11 11:01 P

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Thank you all for the welcome and the advice. I'm just outside of Austin, a city that I can't wait to get to know. Being from Phoenix for the last 12 years, I'm somewhat used to heat, even up to 115, but today was 107 and it seemed hotter than anything in Arizona! I am dripping wet all the time. At least drinking my 8 glasses of water is not a problem.

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8/13/11 2:01 P

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Welcome to the team.

Personally, I'd start with herbs! Fresh herbs make everything taste SOOO GOOD, especially when you cutting back on carbs and fats and stuff.

OHHH.. Can you do lemons and limes in Texas? I always think of Florida for citrus, but you've probably got the heat and sun...

I've got a little lemon tree on my window sill in my Kitchen (here in Rainy LondonTown). Year 5 and its got one tiny lemon about the size of my pinky nail going.

I'm very excited.



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8/3/11 3:08 P

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Welcome Sandy from another Sandy. Another good resource is Howard Garret's website. He's an organic gardener in Dallas. He competes with Neil Sperry. I love Howard's advice and he has large companies to prove his method's work. Here's his website:
http:/www.dirtdoctor.com
By the way, what part of Texas are you in?

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7/21/11 3:09 P

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Welcome!

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7/21/11 12:28 A

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emoticon to SP and the team Sandy! emoticon

Brandyn--San Antonio, Tx

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7/20/11 5:17 P

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Hi, welcome and you first need to find out which type of soil that you have and what you need to add to it or not to add to it to make it as productive as possible. You can call your county extension office and find out how to and where to send your samples to get them evaluated. It will make you a much happier gardener for doing so and save you from a lot of trial and error.

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7/20/11 12:18 P

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Hi Sandy, welcome to the team
SP has a nice series of gardening articles you can check also.

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7/20/11 10:39 A

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Welcome! I'd take these "hot" months to do some research. The internet is an amazing (if not overwhelming at times emoticon !) resource. And this team is just fantastic! Most of us started our gardens with nothing so you're in good company there...

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7/20/11 9:19 A

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I just moved here and have plenty of room. I would like to start a healthy, organic garden. That's as far as I get because at this point I am overwhelmed about where do I start. Hoping this team has lots of great advice on how to do this and loose a few pounds!

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