Category Archives: Herb Farm

growing herbs in central Texas

Update 2014-Solar Installation at the Purple Gate Herb Farm

I posted “News from a Brighter White House” in 2010. http://www.pgherbfarm.com/MarysBlog/?p=186 My husband, Bud, and I have been thinking about solar installations for years. This year our small Texas rural farm catapulted into the 21st century.  We installed a solar … Continue reading

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Blogging Is Not Easy

I have lately been going over and over in my mind what I should blog about. What would anyone out there in cyberspace find interesting about life in our small section of the world in South Central Texas. I started … Continue reading

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Some like it hot

I am willing to admit that some organisms like it hot, well….I am not one of them, at least not as hot as July and August in Central Texas. Late summer is when I take note of the plants that … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New And Here We Grow Again! The drought is not letting up and all the plants we were able to move from Caldwell to Smithville are suffering or are already dead. Our plans to reopen our touring … Continue reading

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Update on the Purple Gate Farm

Here We Grow Again! You may wonder what we are up to since we have missed several months of blogging. Here is a report. We have moved the Purple Gate Herb Farm from Caldwell to Smithville, Texas. A mere 50 … Continue reading

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April wildflowers and thoughts turn to herb study

It is April and the wildflowers are brightening the highways of Central Texas again. It brings smiles to my lips and reminds me of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s joy in, “Hamatreya”, where he reports that: Earth laughs in flowers.   It … Continue reading

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Oh Deer!

Wildlife abounds in Texas, even in housing additions and developed areas. A friend lives in an area of Austin, Texas where the deer are boldly moving among the houses in her area both day and night. They are unafraid of humans and … Continue reading

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Unexpected delays

Sorry for my recent absence. The weather here in South Central Texas turned very cold. Not a new thing in this part of the country where vast changes of temperature is referred to as “A blue norther”.  In the space … Continue reading

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Other unexpected visitors to The Purple Gate Herb Farm

a note to our grandson about our adventures in Caldwell:  Dear Travis, The day after Christmas Grandpa went to the garage to find some tools. He heard a noise that sounded like two animals scraping around somewhere. He began to investigate following … Continue reading

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I cannot believe this….in Texas!

I cannot believe I live in Texas! Catherine (my daughter) and I had worked for several weeks with my husband (Bud) on the Smithville, Texas project. We had moved more stuff from Caldwell, Texas and installed it in our new … Continue reading

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