Category Archives: Bastrop County Texas

The Lost Pines area of Texas provides a real different Texas landscape.

We have become officially retro!

Catherine Mills · August 21, 2016 · Yes, we here at the Purple Gate Herb Farm are about back to nature, sustainable agriculture, alternative building, solar, rainwater collection, and now we have officially entered the previous century. We quit satellite … Continue reading

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Bastrop Sustainable Meetup at the Comfort Cafe

Sorry, I am so late on reporting this most interesting Meetup.  Our members were treated to a most wonderful, interesting Café, and Gardens that support nourishment for Body and Soul. Comfort Café in Smithville relies on good food and good … Continue reading

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Preserving My Garden Bounty

I am interested in how to save food from my garden. The last time I had excess I was so busy I could not process it so I took fruits and vegetable to the senior center cooks and my neighbors. … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat

My daughter, Catherine and I live in Central Texas.   When the summer heat hits, we begin thinking how we can reduce the heat in our house. The air-conditioner unit would be on for most of the 24 hours to … Continue reading

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One Way to Beat the Texas Heat

Whenever we go to town Central Texas, we see manicured areas around the highways and parking lots. We seldom see workers mowing, pruning and cleaning these areas especially in the oppressive, humid heat of July and August. I began to … Continue reading

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Eden’s Cove Duck Processing

Eden’s Cove Duck ProcessingSat. May 28, 201610:00 am – 4:00 pm Eden’s Cove Farm, 157 Bahia Ln, Cedar Creek, TX Sun May 29, 2016Same event, new day. Due to floods we are moving the Duck Processing event to Sunday, May … Continue reading

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The Purple Gate Herb Farm Mini-hoop house

  Hooping It Up With a Versatile Structure for our farm. We found out that hog panels come in 16 feet lengths. This Feedlot Panel is very strong and won’t break down or collapse when cattle, pigs, sheep or other … Continue reading

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Weed?…………Wait!

Most gardeners want to control what grows in their specially prepared soil and well watered garden areas. A plant that appears unexpectedly is often pulled promptly. It may spoil the esthetic of the planned design of the garden. The gardener … Continue reading

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Back to Basics and High Tech

Brazos County Texas in the 21st Century. What do raising goats, building cob and cordwood and adobe buildings, organic gardening, an area of the city set aside as a Chicken Sanctuary, small farms, and farmers markets have in common with … Continue reading

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I Am Not Invisible

Although, you wouldn’t know it when I go to the grocery store, hardware store, department store, often not speaking to anyone, although I am sometimes in the shops for several hours, I feel invisible. The people at the check out … Continue reading

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