Category Archives: Native plants

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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Knock, Knock—Could it be Opportunity Knocking?

  Plans and actions are taking place all over the world to create farming and marketing opportunities with a plant that grows here in our fields and yards. Is our mystery sustainable crop right here under our feet? Is this … Continue reading

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Encouraging Biodiversity

Can I do something locally to demonstrate easy ways to promote Biodiversity? Simple steps can make our yards a welcome place for our children, pets and wildlife. Find out what kind of trees were native to your area before the … Continue reading

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A Most Valuable Fruit for Texas

When I came to live in Bastrop County, we drove around to see the area. I was amazed at the large fields of prickly pear cactus everywhere. A lady told me that she had a neighbor that had acres of … Continue reading

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Poisons in a Texas Plant

  Russian Roulette Japanese style Amazingly, the meat of some puffer fish is considered a delicacy. Called fugu in Japan, it is extremely expensive and only prepared by trained, licensed chefs who know that one bad cut means almost certain … Continue reading

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Wild Texas Plums

We have some small Texas Native Plum trees that we planned to dig out of our property in Smithville, Texas. This Plum tree is native to the area near Caldwell. We found a Plum thicket while exploring on the property … Continue reading

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In a Class of It’s Own-Exploring Edible Wild Plants of Houston

A Short Reminder of History If the name Meriwether seems familiar you probably have heard of the Lewis and Clark Expedition commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson after the Louisiana purchase in 1803. This expedition was under the command of Captain … Continue reading

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Awesome “Green Home” in Smithville, Texas

The Bastrop Sustainable meetup group went on a tour of a “Green Home” in Smithville, Texas.  Catherine and I were curious before we joined the tour so we found 674 Cottletown Road on the internet. There were glowing descriptions by … Continue reading

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Significance of the Prickly Pear Cactus

  For a long time, as he tells in his _Narrative_, Cabeza de Vaca was a kind of prisoner to coastal Indians of Texas. Annually, during the season when prickly pear apples (_tunas_, or Indian figs, as they are called … Continue reading

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Reflections on Summer

Summer months…..always remind me of George Gershwin’s lyrics “Summer time and the living is easy, fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high. Your daddy’s rich and your mom is good looking…..”As I look out my window I see hummingbirds … Continue reading

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